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10/25/2018 Comb Ridge View Ruin (Kay Named), Cedar Mesa, UT - It is located just lower side of the high up rim cliff, and no way down the steep cliff to access to the ruin. However great west side view of the Comb Ridge from this ruin that the Comb Ridge line up far end of the scene.
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10/25/2018 Vertical Snakes Panel (Kay Named), Cedar Mesa, UT - The panel is located front of the Comb Ridge View Ruin boulder, where one of the ruins is built atop of the boulder and panel is located lower side. Few figures in the panel that between vertical snake figures.
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10/25/2018 Gated Community Ruins (Kay Named), Cedar Mesa, UT - It is visible from the Google Earth. It is fenced out and gated community, there are many ruins and tower figured shapes too. The same view as from the Comb Ridge View Ruin site, great Comb Ridge view.
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10/25/2018 Black Eye Ruin (Kay Named), UT - It is located between MM 66 and 67 of highway 276 roadside. There is a parking lot and visible from the highway. The alcove is just like eye shape and black inside that the name got it. Right and upper side of the eye, there are many petroglyphs but faded out and can’t take a good photos.
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10/26/2018 Moqui Canyon, Red Rock Plateau, UT - I’ve stopped driving too soon that caused to hike 10 miles total, If I do again, I'll drive the Burnt Springs Road about 6 miles from the highway #276 that just before deep sand ATV road. It is beautiful canyon, canyon walls are tall and rust color.
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10/26/2018 Moqui Canyon Petroglyphs, Red Rock Plateau, UT - Petroglyphs are located outside of the alcove, there is no ruins in the alcove. There are few boulders and most of are nothing but some of are petroglyphs on it. I wanted to see split boulders petroglyphs for while, when I saw those, it made my day.
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10/26/2018 In-or-Out Panel (Kay Named), Red Rock Plateau, UT - Two panels, one is In-or-Out and another one is 1/4 mile west of it. When during driving on the highway #276 I noticed the panels. There is not enough space to park the car side of the road.
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10/27/2018 Poison Springs Canyon, UT - First 2 miles of the Poison Springs Wash Road is dirt road, then changed to rough single-lane road, there is no place to stop or park. I wanted to visit the canyon for while but I am glad it’s over. I don’t think I want to drive back there again, if some one drive for me that’s an another story.
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10/27/2018 Poison Springs Rock Art, UT - I found 4 separate RA sites, last one was many graffiti on it that made me sad. First site was where I found first parking spot, there is no parking area on the Poison Springs Wash Road. Started hiking down the canyon from the first RA site for about 10 miles total.
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10/28/2018 Halls Creek, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - Water Pocket Fold is monoclinal fold and nearly 100 miles long located at east side of the Capitol Reef National Park. Halls Creek is a small segment of the Water Pocket Fold, and variety of color of rocks around here. There are many side canyons, all those are beautiful from outside view and wonder to hike up all side canyons.
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10/28/2018 Halls Creek Petro, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - A large wall with full of petroglyphs, but most of are faded out, only some of are captured with photos. The wall is south faced and no protection from the weather that the why faded out so quickly.
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10/28/2018 Halls Creek Caves, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - I was looking for caves, I found those are more like alcove rather than cave. Anyway one of the book indicates those are caves, so I go with caves. Its located behind mound, a means not visible from out side or from the bottom of the canyon. There is no ruins inside, but nice view of some canyon walls.
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10/28/2018 Cottonwood Tanks, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - I though just one tank, but there are cascade tanks one after another, I can see next tank every time see the higher one, and hike up some on the slick rock hill, and I found total 10 tanks. After that I had enough, so came down. I am sure, if hike up more, I can find some more tanks.
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10/29/2018 Surprise Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, UT - I was wondering to see the Surprise Canyon, I don’t have any knowledge, but go ahead to hike in the canyon, and I did. There are many variety of color rocks and spectacular canyon to hike, it is part of the Water Pocket Fold. I didn’t go all the way, but I enjoyed hike there.
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10/29/2018 Bullfrog Ferry, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, UT - This ferry owns by UDOT. I’ve ride this ferry from Halls Crossing to Bullfrog for not long ago, today I ride from Bullfrog to Halls Crossing. Half hour of nice calm lake ferry ride was wonderful to relax.
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11/2/2018 Monticello Mill, Monticello, UT - Current 'Abajo Foothill Trail system' is a wide area and nice many trails to enjoy hiking or cycling. This site was Monticello Mill one time that processed Uranium and Vanadium. Population increased significantly at that time of economic boom by good pay jobs. However many lives were cut short by result of deadly exposure of radioactive materials, paid very high price.
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11/3/2018 Abajo Foothill Trail System, Monticello, UT - There are few trails and select any combination of trail to meet your need of hiking distance. I’ve hiked outer layer of trails and little over five miles hike today. The trail is some times wider, some times very narrower, but mainly comfortable to hike. The Millsite Circle trail is the Montezuma Creek starting point.
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11/5/2018 Tusher Tunnel, northwest of Moab, UT - The tunnel is about couple hundred feet long and little curved, so that can’t see one end to another until hike to the middle point. South side of opening has better view. There is a sign of rock art, but I found only one petroglyph, all others are graffiti, there are many graffiti.
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11/5/2018 Determination Towers, northwest of Moab, UT - These are beautiful red color towers, standing alone. When I got there, there were two rock climbers, one was already on the top and one was climbing up, one of the tallest towers. The tower is straight about 500ft up, it was scare for just to watch them, I am not a rock climber remember?
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11/9/2018 Happy Jack Mine, UT - This mine was major producer of Uranium ore and second richest deposit of high-grade uranium in the nation during 1938-1993. In 1959 sold this mine to Texas Zinc Minerals for $20 Millions which over $200 Millions in today’s value. It is visible from highway #95 near the MM 59. Last photo is snap shot from the Google Earth.
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11/9/2018 Weaver Alcoves, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT - Started hiking down the wash, just before the alcoves, straight down the wash there are two tanks full of water in it, couldn’t go through. But I saw alcoves with binocular from other side of atop of the hill.
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11/10/2018 Escalante River, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT - Wanted to see the Escalante Natural Bridge and RA, but good quantity of river water runs and very cold to cross the river. Wish they have bridges for all major hiking trail when trails cross the river. Best time to visit here is August, water is not cold.
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11/10/2018 Upper Red Breaks Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT - It is just like backbone of the Zion National Park, canyons and mountains are beautiful settings. I had only few hours to spare, I enjoy hike around in nice view area.
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11/11/2018 Cosmic Ashtray (aka The Volcano), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT - It is a large ashtray, much bigger than expected, and located upper side of the mountain. Donuts shaped volcano and sands in it. When I got there, there are few guys in the bottom of the ashtray. Mad scientist or artist to create chaotically beautiful rock configuration and color around here.
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11/15/2018 Big Feet Panel, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This place is located north side of the Comb Ridge. I’ve hiked on the road from the bottom of the Comb Wash to the panel that located at west side of the Comb Ridge. From the panel, there is wonderful wide view.
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11/15/2018 Comb Wash Cave, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - It has cave feature that growing the stalagmite that grow from the cave floor, some of are reached the ceiling, some of are young and still growing. But seems to more like alcove, wide opening and not so deep. To reach the cave, it’s steep short hike to get there, follow the trail.
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11/18/2018 Behind Rocks Safari Route, Moab, UT - I’ve hiked south side of the Behind Rocks Safari Route from the highway #191 TH for 11.3 miles round trip. The road goes to the beautiful view of the fin area and snow capped La Sal Mountain Range behind it. Dirt Bikes are very popular here, I saw around 30 today.
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11/18/2018 Balcony Arch, southwest of Moab, UT - This place is west side of the fin area, just like isolated island and visible from long distance. The arch is located high up, no way to get closer. I was looking for RA around there but I didn’t find any.
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