After Work Adventures | Tuesday, September 12, 2023
This afternoon I decided to head on over to the Colorado National Monument after work so I could go hiking into Lizard Canyon, which is the next short canyon located just north of Wedding Canyon and south of Fruita Canyon. Although I have hiked across the mouth of this canyon a couple of times before, usually during our traverses across the Face of the Monument, this is actually one of the few canyons left in the Monument that I have not hiked into before. I started the hike from the Lower Monument Canyon Trailhead and followed the Wedding Canyon Trail into the mouth of Wedding Canyon where I left the main trail and followed use trails up and over a small divide into Lizard Canyon.
Wedding Canyon Trail
Lower Lizard Canyon
I followed the wash up Lizard Canyon, which required scrambling up some Precambrian rock waterfalls, until I couldn’t go any further. Then I turned around and headed back down.
Upper Lizard Canyon
Looking Up in Lizard Canyon
Headed back down the wash…
I crossed the little divide back into the mouth of Wedding Canyon and then followed the trail back to my Jeep.
Following the trail along the old buffalo fence at the edge of the park boundary.
After the short hike into Lizard Canyon, I drove to Fruita for dinner and then afterwards I went on a short walk to the historic Skinner Cabin that is located in the Fruita Paleo Area near the mouth of Devils Canyon.