Friday – Sunday, November 11-13, 2016
A nicely preserved granary tucked away inside a small alcove hidden in a canyon on Cedar Mesa.
Typically, Diane and I like to spend the long Thanksgiving weekend exploring Cedar Mesa and other parts of southeastern Utah, but this year we have made alternate plans for the Thanksgiving weekened down in New Mexico, so that was not going to happen. We decided to make up for that annual trip by heading down that way over the Veteran’s Day weekend instead. We left home early on Friday morning and spent a few days searching for ruins and rock art in southeast Utah. The weather was great for hiking with temperatures in the 60’s during the day and clear blue skies.
This amazing petroglyph panel on a large boulder that resembles an arrowhead was a highlight of the weekend.
A closer look at some of the petroglyphs.
This is an interesting granary built on top of a large boulder in the middle of a shallow alcove.
Diane found these two petroglyphs nearby.
We returned to this shelter that contains a large panel of red pictographs.
A white flute player watches over the foundation of an old structure.
Diane exploring a Cedar Mesa canyon.
There were a number of small granaries in this area.
I liked the stripes on this wall that we found while searching for rock art.
Hiking further down the canyon…
This was an interesting structure that was built out of wood mostly.
Double Stack Ruins
A couple red pictographs.
This was one of the nicest granaries we would see all weekend. The light in the alcove was pretty nice, too.
Hiking in the shadows of the canyon in November.
Check out the large petroglyph panel on top of the very large boulder located in the middle of the wash (Diane stands below for scale). I climbed up out of the canyon bottom a little ways to get this view from above. Imagine how many people walk right past this boulder without even realizing those petroglyphs are up there?