Thursday, October 20, 2016

Snake Gulch pictographs and ruins near Kanab


just one of like 100000000 pictographs in this canyon
Located just about 30 miles from Kanab, UT, Snake Gulch is a really spectacular canyon that is located in the Kanab Creek Wilderness.

What makes this stretch of land so amazing is the fact that there are hundreds of pictographs that vary in style and color. Some looks like spacemen, some looks like warriors. There is art depicting turkeys and antelopes. There are vibrant yellow, blue and red glyphs. Everywhere you look, there are more!

The pictographs are accessed via a mostly flat single track trail with no obstacles (unless you count annoying prickery weeds) so it makes for a perfect hike for just about anyone who wants a nice long hike in a beautiful place (note: to get to the biggest and best panels, you must go about 6 miles one way, but there are glyphs starting after just a couple miles).

The first time we ever came out here, we missed SO MANY drawings because we just didn't know where to look. Well, look AT EVERY WALL and you'll see 100000000 pictographs :)

Blue Man

I don't know why these guys remind me of my varsity sweater from high school

My first foray into running after months of injury. Not a bad place :)

Weird and kinda scary


nice family portrait

exploring high up places

ancient pokemon


Love these pineapple dudes

Old graineries with 1000 year old corn cobs
Making Steve nervous :)

Glyphs at Table Rock

These guys are life-size

Bender from Futurama??

Space man

Steve and his bounty hunters
Highly recommend this place! Go with enough time!!! Make it a full day. You will just get sucked into the art of the hunt :) Have fun and respect the art.

To get to the Snake Gulch Trailhead drive one-mile south of Fredonia, Arizona on Highway 89A. Look for FS 22 on the right side near a building and turn right on the paved road. Follow the mostly paved road for 21 miles where another road comes in on the left. Continue on the now dirt road FS 22 for another 1.5 miles and locate FS 423 on the right, then turn right. Follow 423 for 1.3 miles and turn right onto FS 642 and follow this road for 2.6 miles to the parking lot and trailhead for Snake Gulch. Be sure to register at the trailhead.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Arch madness! Mesa, Landscape, and Double O

Me and my minions at mesa arch.
Moab is known for it's arches. My heart belongs to Delicate Arch, but there are some other very nice ones around town :)

Mesa Arch (above) is pretty famous. But the downside is that we had to WAIT IN LINE for this pic. Moving on..

Landscape Arch is iconic. It's the longest arch on the planet! You can visit it at Arches National Park on a (very crowded) hike called Devils Garden. The arch was very cool -- I hope it sticks around for a while, but it's looking a little precarious.

scenery in Arches Nat'l Park (La Sal Mountains)

Here she is! Landscape Arch xoxo

Next up was Double O Arch. This arch can be reached also via Devils Garden loop, but it's an extension of the hike, a slightly more scary/strenuous route. The crowds really dropped at this point. Yay!!

En route LOVE!

Yeh!!! OO Arch

Turning 40 isn't so bad :)

Love this place!

Arches just flat out rules!
Devil's Garden loop was really fun! The crowds were a bit crazy on the main loop -- but spread out on the harder side arch trips. I really think this is a great hike for people of all ages!

Cool bear petroglyph! Potash Road Rock Art

One of the coolest glyphs I've ever seen!
On our fall Moab adventure, my goal was to hike to Delicate Arch at sunrise and to see as much rock art as I could possibly cram into 4 days.

There are SO MANY (I mean, SO MANY!!) rock art panels in Moab. But on Potash Road (or Byway 279), there are ridiculously amazing panels that are literally on the side of the road (you don't even have to leave your car! But we did... because of course you should!)

Here are a bunch that we saw within 1/2 mile span. I wish I had alllll day because I'd seriously just hike around, crawling up into every single alcove or crack :)

Getting there: From Highway 191 take Utah Scenic Byway 279 (Potash Road) south for 5 miles where you will find an "Indian Writing" interpretive road sign and pull out adjacent to the river.

Corona Arch

Corona arch is a little bit off the beaten path and not in any of the national parks. It's a really beautiful hike, with some cool little obstacles, and views in every direction and a lot of cairns!

I never want him to grow up :)


climbing up fun ladders to new plateaus

views for miles

we are little ants under that gigantic arch

bowtie arch. JJ's kinda had enough of this arch business.


a different view of Corona Arch
This was one of my favorite hikes of all time! We saw very few people and had the arch all to ourselves. Highly recommend!

Trailhead: Utah Scenic Byway 279, 10 miles west of Utah 279/U.S. 191 junction.