Friday – Sunday, October 26-28, 2018
This weekend I headed down to Cedar Mesa in Bears Ears National Monument after work on Friday where I met up with my friend Alan so we could go on one hike Saturday morning before he had to drive back up to Salt Lake City to catch a plane back to France. He had spent the last two weeks in the southwest and this was his last hike before heading back home. After we parted ways I spent the rest of the weekend hiking and searching for ruins and rock art on my own. The weather was pretty nice for hiking but there was a little more humidity than I would have preferred. I guess I should also mention that this is my 900th trip report here on ADVENTR.co! Enjoy these photos I took over the weekend!
On Saturday morning Alan and I hiked to a pair of kivas that were built right next to each other in a large alcove. One of the Twin Kivas still had most of the roof intact.
The roof on the other kiva was not in as good shape.
A look inside the kiva with the collapsed roof.
Long Poles Ruin
A closer look at the construction of the roof from the inside.
Beautiful light and textures in a small side canyon that I hiked through.
The remains of two round granaries in an alcove.
A closer look at the other granary.
The water-carved floor of the canyon.
Hiking back out of this picturesque canyon.
The Fortress of Cedar Mesa
Here’s a close look at the construction of the upper level wall seen in the photo above.
The doorway at the opposite end.
The colors in this alcove were quite nice, too.
An evening walk along the rim of a Cedar Mesa canyon.
A nice morning along Comb Ridge at sunrise.
Ute petroglyphs above the San Juan River.
Someone on the mind?
The fall colors along the San Juan River were looking pretty nice this morning.
I just love all of the interesting petroglyphs found in this area.
The Yucca Panel
Grid Sheep Panel