Saturday & Sunday, July 16-17, 2011
This past weekend Amanda and I headed down to the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument to visit some ruins and rock art that I have wanted to get to for a while. The weather was pretty nice all weekend, in the upper 80′s during the hottest part of the day, and there were enough clouds in the sky to block the sunlight occasionally to help keep things feeling a little cooler.
Our first stop was at the Hundred Handprints panel near the Escalante River. Unlike the last cave I visited that claimed to have 100 handprints, this one delivered!
An interesting petroglyph panel overlooking the Escalante River.
A closer look at the previous panel.
A severely damaged petroglyph site.
Closer look at the damage.
A lone sheep that luckily was not damaged.
Our next stop was visiting a few small alcoves that contained a whole bunch of small pictographs known as the Weavers Caves because of the many needle-like paintings found within.
Very fine and detailed pictographs unlike anything I have seen in the area before.
One of the few figures that wasn’t abstract. It kind of looks like it may have been a bighorn sheep, though some people believe it may be a curly-tailed dog similar to the ones found in Barrier Canyon Style pictographs.
The only anthropomorphic-like figure I found in the Weavers Caves.
If you look closely, there is a small sun-like painting in the panel.
On our way back from the Weavers Caves, Amanda spotted this arrowhead on the ground…I had walked right over it!
This panel was high on my list to find this weekend and it did not disappoint!
A flute player next to the ‘Circle of Life’
Soon we headed up onto the Kaiparowits Plateau (Fiftymile Mountain, Smokey Mountain) to visit a few ruins and find a campsite for the night.
We found these pictographs along the way.
A very cool arch and ruin that I have wanted to visit for quite a while. A very cool site, but I think the morning would be a better time for photos this time of the year…
Here’s another small but interesting ruin we visited. This one was very cool because the floor between the top and bottom granaries was still completely intact.
A small hidden granary we stopped by on our way back down towards Escalante on Sunday.
After topping off the fuel tank in Escalante we planned on driving to Boulder via the Hells Backbone Road.
Great views over Box Death Hollow from up at Hells Backbone.
I guess I should have checked the road conditions…shortly after crossing Hells Backbone we found out the road was closed. Oops. Instead of heading back to Escalante we took the Posey Lake Road to Highway 24 in Bicknell before heading home.