Sunday, April 23, 2017

Raven's Crack and Basket Site in Cane Beds, AZ

We set out to find a crap-ton of petroglyphs in Cane Beds, AZ.

ON DAY ONE: (read about that trip here) we found a bunch of cool glyphs and panels, but we didn't find the elusive Duck Head person who is kinda a big deal in ancient folklore. (read about the Duck person)

DAY TWO: Oh man. I feel like we hit the lottery. We set out to find a really cool panel of glyphs and ultimately found 3 rock art sites and a very awesome ruin.

This might be my favorite -- a deer with internal organs

Main panel at the Basket Site

I'm kinda excited :) Part of same Basket Site panel

backside of panel
More cool glyphs -- ghostly, amazing.

Harry hoofed it up the mountain to check this out. He was very impressed.

In an ancient ruin. Being very careful not to touch/disturb.

Cool guys

First duck head guy (another to come later)

funny cartoonish person?(?)

This was on the ceiling... a basket?
Next was on to find the elusive "Raven's Crack" site. There's an upper and lower crack. I just wanted to find the Duck dude. :) Down the road we drove -- and then took a left hand turn onto a very, very sandy track to the end. Basically we headed straight towards a gigantic crack in the mountains.

Here's what we found!

JJ in the crack

JJ be all like "IT'S THE DUCK PERSON!!!!!!!"

Sand angels and glyphs

Come cool deers and sheep

My fav -- Indian Paintbrush
A very, very exhilarating and humbling weekend. It's pretty amazing to try and wrap your brain around all of the people living here thousands of years ago -- what they must have thought and how tough and brave they were to live in the desert --- it's very special to visit these sites and have a glimpse into their lives.


Keep on exploring!

Two days in Cane Beds, AZ = a whole lot of petroglyphs

Basket site in Rosy Canyon
Oh man -- I'm completely obsessed with rock art. Whenever we are out hiking and exploring, coming upon a wall filled with ancient drawings, petroglyphs and pictographs, I imagine it's something like coming face to face with your favorite celebrity. I get very excited, almost faint :) Living in Kanab, UT, an area rich in ancient artifacts, artwork, dwellings, and graineries, my obsession has definitely skyrocketed. The cool thing is that I have a bunch of friends who are just as crazy as I am --- and so between all of us, we are never at a loss for things to do on the weekends :)

I heard about some ruins and petrogyph sites in nearby Cane Beds, AZ. Cane Beds is about 40 miles away and very scenic, beautiful miles of mountains and open fields. Quintessential high desert. My friend, Jennifer, was posting some crazy amazing pictures on facebook of rock art in this area and so I was on a mission to see this stuff in person.

Mostly I wanted to find the Duck Head petroglyph (read more about Duck Head person in ancient rock art here).


Harry and Mackie take a rest under an alcove

random dude

Rainbow and big horn sheep

A spiny beauty

I love hand prints. Hand prints are common in ancient rock art.

Snakes? river? Not sure.

One of hundreds of glyphs

It's fun trying to interpret the sites.... I call this one Freddy Kruger hands


Reminds me of a Keith Haring drawing

Harry found this one! It's pretty rad!
We didn't find two of the sites I was hoping to get to -- and it was getting late, the boys were cranky, and we needed to regroup. We headed home to consult Google Maps and Jennifer :) (hey, Jennifer, if you are reading this ---- U da' BEST!)

click here to read about Day 2 (DO IT!! It's way cool!!!)

Best Kid Hikes near Kanab, UT: Cottonwood Narrows

Cottonwood Narrows, in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is a great, family-friendly hike that is practically one of the most scenic places around.

This is actual real life.

This is real scenery

World's largest dirt pile?

Grosvenor Arch - double the cool