Saturday – Monday, February 14-16, 2015
Diane and I spent Valentine’s Day and the long President’s Day weekend on Cedar Mesa for our very first camping trip of the year. We setup our base-camp at the Natural Bridges National Monument campground and enjoyed the beautiful spring-like weather all weekend. The temperature never dropped below freezing at night and was a very comfortable mid-sixties during the day. It was nice hiking weather in the middle of February and a great time to get outside to explore the Colorado Plateau! We spent the weekend revisiting a few ruins and searching remote canyons for new ones. Here are plenty of photos from our weekend adventure!
I have visited the Moon House Ruins a few times in the past, but Diane had never been here. I finally managed to get some photos I am happy with of these ruins.
The highlight of our weekend was finding this amazing pot. I’ve always wanted to see a complete pot out in the wilderness, and I’m glad I’ve finally been able to have the experience. When I first took a photo of this pot I envisioned it in black and white.
The warmer temperatures melted off most of the snow on the mesa tops which filled up these large potholes.
Warm reflected light compliments these pictographs at the Moon House Ruins.
A hoodoo stands at the edge of a Cedar Mesa canyon.
Detail of the painted wall in the Moon House Ruins.
A hoodoo reflected in a small puddle.
Our base-camp at Natural Bridges with the Bear’s Ears in the background.
This interior room at the Moon House Ruins is very difficult to get a decent photo of. Not only is it very dark in there, the only light that does get in there comes through the only door, so keeping your camera and tripod shadow out of the photo is impossible. Here’s my best attempt.
Beautiful reflected light above the exterior wall at Moon House Ruins.
Here’s a color version of the beautiful pot that we found.
Driving along Comb Ridge near sunset.
Diane climbing down from the rim of a Cedar Mesa canyon.
The pot was well protected under a shallow ledge.
One last photo of the pot showing the large crack on the other side.
We left for home on Monday morning, but not without stopping at Looking Glass Rock on the way.
Moss Back Butte shortly after sunset as we left Natural Bridges.
With the warmer temperatures in the afternoons, sections of the roads became a little muddy.
The large alcove in Looking Glass Rock containing the arch.
Through the looking glass…
Some faint Barrier Canyon Style pictographs that have been vandalized over the years.
A snowstorm over the Book Cliffs.
Shadows and scattered storms over the Grand Valley.