The Panther Gallery, Shaman’s Gallery & Turret Site
Veterans Day Weekend | Thursday – Monday, November 9-13, 2017
This year for the extended Veterans Day weekend Diane and I headed down to the Arizona Strip where we met up with our friend Jerry to backpack and hike along the Esplanade in search of Grand Canyon Polychrome pictographs. By the end of the weekend we would visit The Panther Gallery, Shaman’s Gallery and Turret Site. We also made stops at Toroweap and Paiute Cave since we were in the area. The weather was pretty nice for the entire weekend with highs in the low 70’s and the lows at night in the 40’s. Unfortunately, the Esplanade was pretty dry this time around and we had to carry all the water we would need which added quite a bit of weight to our packs. I’ve wanted to see The Panther Gallery (Cat Site) for a long time and was happy to finally get a chance to see it up close and personal. Enjoy some photos from the weekend!
The Esplanade Wave
The Shaman’s Gallery (Spirit Shelter)
A pretty great campsite out on the Esplanade just before sunset.
The Turret Site
Since we were in the neighborhood, we made a quick stop at Toroweap.
Paiute Cave Pictographs
The Panther Gallery Site
Jerry taking a break.
Looking down the Colorado River from Toroweap over Lava Falls.
I like the red stripes painted on the back of this white sheep.
Part of the Shaman’s Gallery
Backpacking the Esplanade.
Turret Site Pictographs
A life-sized painting at the Spirit Shelter.
Great sights were all around even though there was no water around…
A colorful sunset above the cliffs.
Red & White Pictographs
A survey marker from 1914 that we stumbled across.
Paiute Cave Man
A large decorated shield with a white sheep.
Scenery while hiking along the Esplanade.
A close look at a small part of the Shaman’s Panel.
Our campsite on the Kanab Plateau just outside of Grand Canyon National Park. It was a little bit colder at night up on the plateau, but at least we were able to have a fire which helped with the long nights.
A big sheep and other unusual figures found at the Turret Site.