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Upper Road CanyonSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2017
AZWanderingBear
Hiking6.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Craig Child's House of Rain, a summer read, had awakened a desire to visit more remote Ancestral Puebloan sites. While not difficult to reach and hardly classified as a seldom seen site, I dropped into Road Canyon with a vague idea of where I wanted to hike. The canyon floor was lush, flowered, cottonwoods turning golden, mud around water filled potholes showing impressive collections of animal tracks.

Rounding a bend I looked up and thought, yeah, there’s where I’d be. Visually scouted a route up and began the brief climb. Fallen Roof, so small but so adorably photogenic with its overhanging kaleidoscope of exposed fractured sandstone layers. I took a few photographs even though the light was poor and this site has seen world class lenses aplenty.

But then as I am want to do in the presence of ancients, I sat out on the edge of the cliff thinking of life here. The variety of plants and animals available from the pinion cedar forested mesa above the canyon rim to the varied and verdant riparian growth in the canyon floor, water to grow the corn in small patches along the canyon, all made this an ideal place. Echoing voices of women grinding corn, cooking, weaving, making pottery, children at play, men working the fields or returning from a hunt, the greased smoke smell of a cook fire, these were not hard to imagine.
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