Davis Canyon & Dry Fork of Lavender Canyon

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Since our original plan for the weekend was to go rafting near Glenwood Springs on Sunday, I ended up heading to Davis Canyon on Saturday to do some hiking and exploring. Unfortunately, because of the wind, our rafting trip on Sunday never happened 🙁

After driving up Davis Canyon to the Canyonlands National Park boundary, I parked my Jeep and hiked in. My first destination would be the Five Faces Pictographs. These pictographs are in amazing condition.

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All five faces.
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Below the pictographs on two sandstone slabs were ten large depressions.
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After leaving the Five Faces, I backtracked a little ways down the canyon to check out this small, but well-preserved granary.
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Next I headed back up the canyon for a ways to find two arches. First up was Pinyon Pine Arch.

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Followed by Junction Arch.

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After finding the arches, I made my way back down Davis Canyon, watching for more ruins along the way. I found a bunch of ruins, but most were not well preserved. Back near the park boundary, there was another granary in an alcove.

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Headed back down Davis Canyon.
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I stopped a little ways outside of the park to search for some more ruins, and found another nice granary.

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After searching the area for more ruins, I headed to the Dry Fork of Lavender Canyon to find a few more arches. First I came across Beam Arch.

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Headed up the Dry Fork.
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Then I came across Garage Bridge.
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Shortly after Garage Bridge, the road ended. From there I hiked another quarter mile to the Culebra Double Arches.

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The smaller of the two arches.
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On my way back out of Dry Fork, I spotted the last set of double arches that I missed on the way in; Dry Fork Double Arches. These were difficult to photograph as the sun was right above them, these would be better photographed in the morning, but I did what I could 😉
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Headed back out of the Dry Fork of Lavender Canyon.
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After heading back out of Lavender Canyon, I made my way to Monticello for some dinner and then headed home. It was a fun day, but pretty windy all day.


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