Friday, October 27, 2017

Cookie Cutter Petroglyphs

Some of the coolest rock art I've seen close to home
I'm always on the hunt to find new and secret rock art panels in southern Utah. A couple of years ago I saw a website with some really unique petroglyphs that were called "the cookie cutter petroglyphs". The location of the rock art appeared to be nearby (within an hour) and so I started to gather information from the web and google earth to see if I could find a logical and easy route to the panels.

Steve and I tried a couple of times to find a safe route to the area where they were located (we tracked that down via various blogs and gps waypoints) but we always got turned around by bad/dangerous roads.

Google Earth has really improved over the past years -- and finally, FINALLY, we thought we might see a viable route to the edge of the cliff where these cool carvings resided. So off we went, with a shovel and tow rope. And a super sketchy map.

Finding what you set out to find is like being a little kid all over again -- I was so giddy and excited! We found our treasure.

big, deep cuts create an amazing work of art

We've been searching for these glyphs for a looong time now. Yay!

This was my favorite panel because it seemed to have such a deliberate message. What do you think it means?
The cookie cutter panel is located out near Colorado City, AZ on the border of Utah. The fun part is the hunt -- and I'm confident if I can find it, so can you! :)

Have fun and be safe out there.

Sidestep Canyon: A secret hike to another planet

One of the most remote, weird, and amazing places I've ever been to
Welcome to weird southern Utah. And hello, Sidestep Canyon!

Sidestep Canyon doesn't sound like the most amazing place in the world, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret: IT IS!

Giant colorful biscuits
 If you are looking for an all-day adventure that has no crowds (I'm fairly certain you won't see another human being), no fees (forget about that fee hike at Zion. This is WAY better anyhow!), huge weird rocks, hoodoos, slots, fossils, completely uncharted territory -- this is the place for you.

One huge hoo doo :)
Sidestep Canyon is near Big Water, UT. I've spent a lot of time on blogs, google earth, and the internet, piecing together bits of info to find a way into the canyon. That is half the fun -- so if you want to go, I'm not going to give you directions or gps. If I can find it, you can too. So after you are done looking at my pictures, start plotting >>>> You can do it!

stripes and colors and hoodoos and slot canyons OH MY

Lower sidestep canyon uniqueness :)

My fav hoodoo - very candy canes-ish

A pop of color in a very deserty wash

sandstone slot canyons -- a little scary, I gotta admit


fragile walls, beams of light

Hiking around mars

Lots of fins and 'doos

Best ever - no crowds, no fees, lots of mother nature's sculptures <3
Sidestep Canyon has so many forks and narrows and diversions to explore. You could easily spend a lifetime here, discovering new wacky things each time.

So if you didn't get a Wave permit, if you've been to White Pockets, if you just want to get out of town and be an anti-social hermit and forget about life for a while -- get on google earth and start planning your trip. Or drop me an email and I might give you some hints :)

Peace out!