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Nov 25 2017
MountainMatt
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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It was a privilege to finally visit this sacred place and having it all to myself was a blessing, especially since CMC is seeing a lot of attention on certain social media networks and quickly becoming a world famous destination.

I skirted around the edge of the rim scanning for different viewpoints and vistas while getting a little vertigo climbing around on the rock peninsulas high above the canyon floor.

Sunset was a gentle cotton candy treat as I sat there and soaked in the reality of just how amazing Arizona really is!
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Jun 19 2016
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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I've always wanted to see Coal Mine Canyon, of course, I chose the day that Phoenix hit 118*. This place is desolate, peaceful, hauntingly quiet and a real hidden gem. Upon my arrival 3 campers were packing up and it was a comfortable 84* at 0700. Within 30 minutes, the people were gone and I was literally the only person here, the quiet was deafening. Only some White-Throated Swifts and American Kestrels were within my immediate proximity. By the time that I left at 0930 it was already 95* and this place has no shade or water, so be mindful of this! Can't wait to go back during the fall. Conversely, great Navajo taco stand just outside Cameron on the south side of the town.
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Apr 27 2015
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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Having never been here before, spending a night at Coal Mine Canyon was incredible. First I explored the various formations from the top before dropping down into the canyon on a very steep, sandy route where I had to dig my feet into the sand to control the descent. I was absolutely awestruck as I hiked the short distance through the hoodoos as the easily followed route dropped to the bottom of the canyon. With sunset coming soon I turned around and headed back up, but I would definitely like to come back and explore farther down canyon. It's a really special place!
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Some occasional nice color on the sandy hillsides down in the canyon
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Feb 24 2014
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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Hoodoos, arches what a great place. Great place to stretch your legs.
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Jan 14 2013
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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Oct 06 2012
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A 3-day Fall break trip to Navajo/Hopi land.

We spent an hour or so exploring the southern edge of Coal Mine Canyon (15mi south of Tuba City). What a fantastic place! Like stumbling across Bryce Canyon with no signs or fences. I wouldn't bring a dog or an 8-yr old.

Arrived at Navajo National Monument Sunday morning in time for the once-a-week Ranger guided tour to Betatakin Ruin. We (and 15 other well-geared hikers) were disappointed though when the hike was cancelled as the Ranger's helper didn't show up on time. This is another beautiful place and it would have been a perfect day for the long hike to Keet Seel - too bad the park is under-resourced. We walked the overlook trails which are well worth it..

Our first trip to Canyon de Chelly and we walked the White House Trail. This is a beautiful trail into a beautiful canyon - a little bit unfortunate that a wire fence keeps you well away from the ruin.

Monday morning we drove up First Mesa and took the Walpi walking tour. We were lucky to get there just in time to join the only tour of the day (done informally because it was a Hopi holiday). This is a tour more than a hike but we learned a lot of interesting things about Hopi history and modern life. If you have a few extra bucks buy some crafts from the residents.

Stopped at Homolovi on the way home. I was disappointed that the ruin wasn't heck of a lot more interesting than some of the local Perry Mesa Ruins but there was certainly a wider range of pottery types littering the ground.
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Apr 20 2011
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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I thinkI hiked around part of Coal Mine Canyon yesterday. I picked up the permit at Cameron and they gave me a very vague desripion of how to get there (so vague that I started out looking off of 160). After asking around I was told to go down 264 and turn across from an old rodeo. I found what looked like it could be an old rodeo area. There was a dirt road across from it that crossed a cattle guard and went up a hill. There was no picnic area or windmill as in the HAZ description. There was a residence with horses to the left. The road split at the hilltop and the right fork went down the hill and around the canyon.

The canyon did have the black stripe around the top, but I arrived late afternoon and didn't have time to hike very far around it. At one point I got so close to the canyon edge to take a picture that I scouted over on my bottom. As I went to crawl back I found myself looking at a snake in a crack between me and the canyon edge. :o I crab-walked past it, scrambled to my feet and got out of there. I never thought I'd thank God for all the crab soccer we had to play in gym class! :?

I came across what appeared to be an old ruin. It was a circle of stones a bit over a foot high with an east-facing opening. Most of my pictures came out way overexposed, I'll try to work on them and post any I can salvage.

I hope someone will let me know if it sounds like I was in the right place. I'd like to go back and see more of it.
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Sep 05 2010
hippiepunkpira
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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May 08 2010
JoelHazelton
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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This weekend was the first of many highly-anticipated painted desert trips for me for the next year or so.

My sister and her husband, Brian (VVebb here on HAZ), are moving up to the vicnity to pursue a job opportunity for him, and they recently acquired an old, vacant house near the Echo Cliffs. This weekend I met Brian up there to help clean the place. The biggest job was (and still is) to kill any potential hantavirus, so we threw on old clothes and respirators and mopped all the rooms with a strong bleach solution. It will certainly require many more mop sessions (there was a thick layer of red sand on every surface in the house), but we still made some headway. Sunday we decided to work on dog-proofing the yard rather than mopping the house more, as we didn't feel like dealing with the respirators and clothes-changing and general uneasiness of bleaching out a deadly virus for two days in a row (at least I was pretty paranoid the entire time, and Brian probably didn't feel like dealing with my neuroticism two days in a row).

Both Saturday evening and Sunday evening included a trip to Coal Mine Canyon. Absolutely gorgeous both days, I can't wait to go back!

Other news of the weekend: Brian (VVebb, in case you forgot) found out he passed the bar exam Friday evening! Congrats to him! Anyone know any good lawyer jokes??? ;)
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Sep 14 2009
JoelHazelton
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This weekend was originally going to be a Inner Basin Main Cirque trip, but I came down with a nasty cold on Friday and didn't feel up to the trip (I touch numerous computer keyboards at a high school on a daily basis so I'm exposed to quite a bit). Fortunately, Coal Mine Canyon is relatively nearby the peaks so I opted for a more relaxing trip while I recovered from being sick.

Getting there was tricky because when I found the turnoff there were about 20 horses standing in my way on the road. They weren't moving, either. Thinking I may have found the wrong road, I continued down the 264 for a ways and then eventually returned after seeing "The Ghost" towering south of the road down in the canyon. I figured my original turn was probably the right one. Fortunately, there was a more primitive road forking from the main one that went around the stubborn horses so I managed to get to the picnic area.

My immediate feeling when first seeing Coal Mine Canyon wasn't that it was beautiful. It's actually rather ugly... I just thought it was a mess. Just random things sticking up everywhere, mostly a weird off-white color and some random red bands. It reminded me of bad art. However, knowing that once the sun got lower the rock formations would come to life, I threw on some tunes and started wandering. As you walk the ridges and cliffs leading into the canyon it starts to take better form and make more sense. The place quickly grew on me.

At sunset I snapped a few shots and then, after deciding the place would catch better light in the morning, went off to figure out where I would camp. I didn't feel like risking camping on the reservation since I didn't have a camping permit, so I drove back down to Coconino National Forest and turned onto the first forest road off the 89. I managed to get back about 200 yards before it got to rough for my truck. Since I still felt under the weather, I didn't count on having trouble getting to sleep that night. Boy was I wrong...

I tossed and turned in my sleeping bag in the back of my truck until 3:30AM when my alarm went off. Not having slept at all, getting up was an easy task and I hopped in and headed back up to the Rez. Sunrise was a beauty and all the cliffs caught the light exactly how I wanted them to.

Feeling lucky and on a photo-high on the drive back, I conjured up enough energy to climb Sugarloaf Mountain in Lockett Meadow to scout views for fall colors. After scree surfing all the way back down Sugarloaf, I finally got back to my girlfriend's apartment in Flag and slept the rest of the day.
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Jul 18 2009
dcrawfor
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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Can't remember exactly why I decided to do this hike in the brain-searing heat of summer but it was still fun anyway. I thought I heard that hiking below the rim is no longer allowed, if thats true then I'm glad I went when I did! Spectacular formations and colors and I understand that there is supposedly a ghost that haunts the canyon!
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Jun 21 2009
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Coal Mine CanyonNortheast, AZ
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I did this hike a couple of months ago and it did not disappoint. Worked the rims on both sides of the canyon and crawled out onto a few ledges. I also visited the far northeast section of the canyon and popped into Ha Ho No Geh Canyon system as well. Lots of amazing geography throughout.

Tough place to photograph with the extreme contrast between the bright whites and the dark sections of the canyon. A 2 stop GND filter will be your best friend here.
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This was a fieldtrip for GLG 102 - Historical Geology at NAU. It consisted of four stops, the grand finale being Coal Mine Canyon. The first stop was just south of Cameron at an outcrop of the Moenkopi Formation, with a veneer of Chinle Formation (mostly Sinarump Conglomerate) above it. The second stop was north of Cameron to look at the famed petrified wood of the Chinle Formation. The third stop was at the Moenave dinosaur tracks west of Tuba City. Coal Mine Canyon itself was spectacular, and definitely a future destination for a non-fieldtrip hiking excursion.
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Another unique and wonderful AZ place. The upper end of the canyon has all the wild formations, but I especially enjoyed the vastness and solitude of the lower section after it opens up.
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A stop along our road trip of Arizona and Utah, a great place to visit and take some pictures
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Awesome trip with fairweather and pickletree. Definitely worth checking out.
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Coal Mine Canyon

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9 hiking trails
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La Posada Hotel in Winslow AZ as base camp
Priceless!

This was the number one reason for planning this multi-hike excursion into Navajo and Hopi lands. Ever since I saw the HAZ hike description and photos posted by Ben and Krey, I was hooked and knew I had to visit...

I was concerned with finding the trail head since all references to Coal Mine Canyon site the lack of signage. Mile Marker 337 and 338 are quite visible and you can spot the distinctive windmill from Hwy 264. The dirt road was frozen and snow covered, but easily traversed by my F-150. Any thaw and I'm sure the resulting mucky-muck is impassable.

When we arrived at the picnic tables with BBQ pits trail head, we were not alone. Another couple was just wrapping up a photo shoot and were ladden with equipment trekking back to their SUV.

We explored the rim and followed a couple of paths down into the canyon. Lynn and I also checked out the mining remains along the north side of the rim.

References to Coal Mine Canyon all make mention of the purported resident ghosts. The following quotes appeared in an Arizona Republic article by Sam Lowe on January 7th, 2007;



But those who plan to spend the night should know about "the ghosts."

Stories are told by Native Americans and others who claim that, on certain nights when the moonlight dances across the hoodoos, a white mist rises from the bottom of the canyon and forms the shape of a beautiful young woman.

Some say the apparition is that of a Navajo woman who was walking along the rim with her husband and small child. The man and child stumbled and fell to their deaths. The grief-stricken wife went back to the spot every night for the rest of her life, and her ghost returns when the moon is full.

Another legend tells of a different tragedy: A young man ventured into the canyon on the eve of his wedding. His bride-to-be followed but never found him. She continues her search as a milky apparition that walks along the canyon rim on moonlighted nights.

The men who mine coal here also have reported strange happenings. They say they hear knocking sounds when they work at night, and if they look into the canyon, they see an aura, which means someone has just died.

In her book Arizona Twilight Tales: Good Ghosts, Evil Spirits & Blue Ladies (Pruett Publishing Co., 2000, $16.95), Jane Eppinga writes that Hopis believe the figure is of a woman who became deranged more than 100 years ago and died when she fell into the canyon while trying to reach out to spirits. Her people buried her in the canyon, but on the fourth day after her death, she climbed out of her grave and now appears occasionally in the moonlight.

Eppinga also writes that Navajos bring their sick to Coal Mine Canyon because they believe that if the misty woman dances to the north, the sick person will be cured and good things will happen. But if she dances to the south, misfortune and death are likely to follow.

So when you visit Coal Mine Canyon, enjoy the view and take lots of photos. But if you go at night, well . . .





Ben mentions in the HAZ hike description additional Moenkopi Canyons - Coal, Ha-Ho-No-Geh, Bat, and Blue. If these additonal canyons have half the sights Coal Mine Canyon offered, I'm going to have to check them out! Think this may be a future combination hike/back-pack adventure I'll have to research...

For the record, the 9 hiking trails include...

1. Beale Wagon Road
2. Homolovi (Sunset crossing)
3. Onyx Bridge
4. Rainbow Forest
5. Painted Desert
6. Hopi Three Mesas
7. Coal Mine Canyon
8. Rock Art Ranch
9. Chevelon Canyon
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The benefit of cleaning out your pic files is finding old stuff you forgot about. I was here in 2006 for the day, met a young Hopi man I had an interesting conversation with, then was down under the rim hiking around. Bad time of day for the light but a great and stimulating place nonetheless.
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