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May 15 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Monument Mysteries, UT 
Monument Mysteries, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 15 2019
Steph_and_Blake
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In plain sight from oft-traveled dirt roads in Bears Ears National Monument are numerous built structures that you aren't found on any topo or Trails Illustrated map. These are sites that continue to intrigue and puzzle leading archaeologists. Was this place a great house of Chaco influence? Was this near-to-invisible road for daily human travel between dwellings or was it symbolic? Was this flat area for pageantry or play or just a flat area? Was this circular assemblage of stones for ceremony and, if yes, what were the ceremonies all about? As is usually the case, we left each site with more questions than answers. If only Kane Gulch took phone calls...
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May 14 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Cave 7, UT 
Cave 7, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking4.00 Miles
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Before laying eyes on the famous alcove I was most impressed by Wetherill’s un-trained discovery that Basketmakers were distinctly different peoples from what we now call Pueblo peoples and, just as importantly, that they were not contemporaneous tribes. However, upon standing in the smallish “cave” I was hit by the fact that a hundred-odd humans had been buried there, some after rather violent deaths. Despite our original intentions, we made only a half-hearted attempt to find the boulder displaying Richard’s inscription and left the drainage quietly.
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May 14 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Tower House Ruins, UT 
Tower House Ruins, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking1.10 Miles
Hiking1.10 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
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Easy-to-reach ruins with a sunken kiva and rock art. Sterile site with only one corn cob and just a few pieces of pottery. Blake really liked the stonework and appreciated the effort that went into building the tower.
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May 13 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Kachina Petroglyph PanelSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 13 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking1.50 Miles
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.80 mph
      40 Mns Break
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See Guide. Doesn't seem to be visited very much and largely free of graffiti.
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May 13 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
River House RuinsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 13 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking0.60 Miles 83 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles
83 ft AEG
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See Guide.
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May 12 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Lower Mule Canyon RuinsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 12 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking1.50 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles      45 Mns   2.00 mph
150 ft AEG
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Thanks to AZLOT69’s write-up we made a point of visiting this end of Mule Canyon. We were the only ones there, the site had a fair amount of sherds, and the setting was very pleasant. Glad we made the modest effort.
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Apr 27 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Deadman's Trail Horseshoe CanyonSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking5.00 Miles 685 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
685 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Enjoyed this route to the Great Gallery, less of a slog than from the west side. No one else on the trail. The drive in probably makes this path less popular. Don't think I'd want to go up/down the slickrock if it were wet as it is steep in some sections with no "features" for hand/foot holds.

I'd just read an article written by Jim Blazik about canines in Barrier Canyon style rock art and saw a few examples at the Great Gallery.
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Apr 26 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
High Spur - Glen Canyon Natl Recreation AreaSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Car Camping avatar Apr 26 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Car Camping
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A wide open campsite with great views. Spicy drive out.
Named place
Named place
La Sal Mountains
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Apr 24 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
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 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
The Neck - Glen Canyon National Rec AreaSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Car Camping avatar Apr 24 2019
Steph_and_Blake
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A nice campsite that, at first, was a little intimidating being so skinny. Thoughts of falling off the ledge while heeding the call of Mother Nature in the middle of the night were not pleasant. But, we quickly acclimated and enjoyed the solitude and views.
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Apr 23 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
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69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Cowboy Cave, UT 
Cowboy Cave, UT
 
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.22 mph
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To quote Coulam and Schroedl, "Cowboy Cave, a stratified Archaic cave site in southeastern Utah, has been a cornerstone in defining the Archaic occupational chronology of the Colorado plateau." For me, I wasn't so much interested in visiting the site because of how it enabled archaeologists to "connect the dots" time-wise. Rather, I was more intrigued by the split-twig and clay figurines that were found there.

I guess I tend to think that the ancient peoples who lived in the Four Corners area were fully occupied with the necessities of daily life...Water, crops, hunting, shelter, health, etc. I don't think of them as having time to spare for non-essential items such as figurines. Whether these pieces were for religious or ceremonial purposes or were purely for play, we don't know for sure. But, for me, it's one more thing that makes me feel as if we're not so far apart. They had time to create and enjoy objects that weren't strictly utilitarian. I can relate to that!

Truth be told, Cowboy Cave (and the adjacent Walters Cave) doesn't offer much to see. The petroglyphs and pictographs are scant and faded and cowboy Lorin Wilson left more of a lasting impression than they did.

If you're interested to learn more about Cowboy Cave you can check out the links below.

https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/ ... oeBook.pdf

https://collections.lib.utah.edu/detail ... owboy+cave

http://www.jqjacobs.net/rock_art/barrier1.html
Culture
Culture
Throwing a Wendy
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Apr 22 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Moonshine WashCentral, UT
Central, UT
Canyoneering avatar Apr 22 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Canyoneering7.40 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.47 mph
500 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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There were a few spots where we used a handline and partner-assists, but no rope or belay devices are needed. Some people find this an easy and fun slot canyon, others turn back at the first down-climb. Experience with friction-climbing would be helpful. And, this should be obvious, before you make any of the down-climbs make sure you have the ability to climb back up! While it is possible to hike to the end of Moonshine Wash and pop out on the main road, it would make for a very long hike with little-to-no shade.

I should also add that it was our intent to hike/scramble up the west fork of Moonshine Wash to make a loop, but we were immediately stopped by a very wet 25+ feet upclimb that, given the water, would have been impossible without a toprope. I don't personally know of anyone who's made the loop, but I've read that it's do-able.

Lastly, we saw tire tracks coming upstream to about the junction of the main branch and the west fork, so it could be possible to make this a one-way hike if a shuttle is set up in advance. However, not having hiked or driven the length of Moonshine, we don't know about the "road" conditions.
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Feb 07 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
US-64 New Mexico Roadside Attraction, NM 
US-64 New Mexico Roadside Attraction, NM
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2019
Steph_and_Blake
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On our way to Farmington, Blake and I stopped along US-64 to check out some petroglyphs. There were some unique (to us) geometric designs, some long-necked animals which reminded us of giraffes, and a few very long-armed human figures. Despite being so close to the highway, they were in surprisingly good condition.
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Jan 28 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
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 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Canyon Crawl in the Book Cliffs, UT 
Canyon Crawl in the Book Cliffs, UT
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Blake and I'd seen photos of rock art in the Book Cliffs near Green River and decided to check out three of the canyons for ourselves. The drive across the Gunnison Valley was interesting what with the crawl through the slippery mud and the rather large herd of vigilent pronghorn. My attempt to avoid the boot-sucking clay while opening and closing gates must have been amusing for Blake, but he was kind enough not to laugh (at least not while I was in the truck).

We came up dry in the first canyon, but explored an old jeep road that led up into the higher reaches of the Book Cliffs. The second canyon yielded a cube-shaped boulder with some unusual petroglyphs including some big-beaked birds and a human with arms coming out of its head. The third canyon proved to be more substantial with at least 6 different boulders stretched out over 3/4 of a mile. What we couldn't figure out is why so much time would have been spent by the ancient peoples at the two rock art sites that we found. There were no springs nor streams anywhere near the second site and the third site only had a spring that was nearly two more miles up canyon.

We enjoyed the day trying to sort out the meaning of the glyphs and chuckling at the lengths we would go to in order to keep the glue-like mud from adding girth to our boots. We were quite the sight rolling in to Green River and spent the better part of 30 minutes at the car wash.
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Jan 26 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Shavano Valley Petroglyph Park, CO 
Shavano Valley Petroglyph Park, CO
 
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2019
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking3.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.00 mph
300 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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The Shavano Valley rock art site near Montrose, CO, is considered on of the most important concentrations of petroglyphs in western Colorado. There are 26 panels of rock art produced by Archaic peoples and Utes. The site is not open to the public and advance reservations must be made with an interpretative guide. Our guide for the afternoon was Alma Evans. Her personal experience of growing up in the Shavano Valley (her relatives still ranch there) made the tour extra special. She has made great efforts to connect with persons from the Ute tribe to gain insight into the possible meanings of the petroglyphs and her enthusiasm is contagious.

For more information on this site check out https://coloradoencyclopedia.org/articl ... k-art-site.

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Jan 10 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
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 Photos 2,474
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69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
CO-65 Roadside Attraction, CO 
CO-65 Roadside Attraction, CO
 
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2019
Steph_and_Blake
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Took a drive up on to and across the Grand Mesa. Stopped at a roadside attraction. Despite it being very accessible, it was in quite good condition.
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Jan 05 2019
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Escalante Canyon, CO 
Escalante Canyon, CO
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2019
Steph_and_Blake
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Short treks across the snow in search of rock art. Sadly, the Ute panels were badly vandalized and it was difficult to make out the original art. Interesting creek crossing - busted through 5-inch thick ice sheets. Thank goodness for 4WD!
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Dec 24 2018
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Secret SpireCentral, UT
Central, UT
4x4 Trip avatar Dec 24 2018
Steph_and_Blake
4x4 Trip1.10 Miles
4x4 Trip1.10 Miles
 
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See Guide. Fun little side-trip to an interesting rock formation.
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Dec 24 2018
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
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 Photos 2,474
 Triplogs 169

69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Bartlett Rock Art Site, UT 
Bartlett Rock Art Site, UT
 
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2018
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking0.30 Miles
Hiking0.30 Miles      10 Mns   1.80 mph
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A very easy hike to some ghostly, (or alien-like, take your pick) Barrier style pictographs. Should note that to get right up to the panels requires a short ascent over loose soil and rocks. Unfortunately much of the bottom half of the panel has fallen away so who knows what we couldn't see. Our untrained eyes detected no signs of habitation in the alcove.
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Dec 23 2018
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,474
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69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Fiery FurnaceSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2018
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking3.00 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.20 mph
150 ft AEG
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Great, fun activity. Ended up hiking with a dad and his two teen kids. It was pretty funny how one person would spot an arrow that the rest of us walked right past. Would be a good hike for grandkids, 9 years and up.
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Dec 22 2018
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 93
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69 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Green River Overlook - Island in the Sky, UT 
Green River Overlook - Island in the Sky, UT
 
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2018
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking0.20 Miles
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We weren't expecting much, so, sadly, didn't even take our camera or phone out to the overlook. While the view of the Green was unremarkable, we were pleasantly surprised to see views of the Maze. In particular, you could see Elaterite Butte and, we think, Chimney Rock (???) to the left. I've yet to find a ranger that can verify that what we saw was, in fact, the Chimney. Perhaps when this shut-down is over and the Island district is re-staffed I can give them a jingle. I should also add that there were impressive views of the La Sal's, the Henry's, and (probably) the Abajo's. Worth the little side-trip.
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