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6/21/2018 Summer Solstice Tour, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, CO - The tour also called 'Sun Calendar Tour' by an archaeologist and she took us to three different areas. First one was light beam go through between cracked two boulders on Summer Solstice day. Another area has two rare phenomenons by Summer Solstice, one is hole like that sunbeams come through and another one is sun hit at the top of the shifted mesa area just before sun down.
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6/20/2018 Eagle Nest House Ruin, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, CO - We have to climb up very steep long wooden ladder to the upper side floor to see the ruin. Also walk on edge of the steep cliff, there is no guardrail, and bend under the stick up rock to get into the ruin. When got into the ruin, we only can see one or two rooms, a means not entire ruin, where ruin has many rooms.
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6/20/2018 Mores Five House Ruin, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, CO - Seems to there are many Mores House Ruins in the tribal park, and this ruin is the #5 of Mores House Ruin. There are Incised rocks surface but I don’t call it petroglyphs, maybe they sharped knife like or something.
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6/20/2018 Lion House Ruin, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, CO - Use to mountain lion family staid here that the name of this ruin came from. The technique of the builing ruin is different with another group, that showing here, lower and upper are built by different groups. There is a 'D' shape kiva. Black background is not by smoke, its plaster.
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6/20/2018 Tree House Ruin, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, CO - This is the first stop ruin for this tour. Use 4 wooden ladders to climb down from the top of the mesa to get to this ruin. Many tall trees are front of the ruins, not only visible from out side, but it is cool place.
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6/20/2018 Newspaper Panel, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, CO - There are least three petroglyphs panels in this area, and all those panels are many figures in it. One large modern Indian figure is not far from those panels and not so old, I guess they are adding more petroglyphs whenever they want.
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6/20/2018 Ancestral Pueblo Petro, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, CO - There are many rock art sites and ruins in this tribal park that a guide said, but not all are open for the public. This petroglyphs panel is one of open for the public with tour, its not large in size but history come with. A few more panels near by but tour doesn’t cove it.
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6/20/2018 Ute Pictographs Panel, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, CO - This red color pictographs panel is one of tribal family history, and modern age pictographs. Also they are keep adding pictographs onto the panels. A large horseback rider pictograph is the grandfather of our tour guide, and his grandmother and uncle are there too.
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6/20/2018 Ute Mountain Tribal Park, CO - I have joined to the full day tour to see the rock art and ruins. This Tribal Park is not open for the public except join to the tours. There are many beautiful cliffs, and Mesa Verde National Park is adjacent to this park. Cost of full day tour is $48 and transportation $14, with total 70 miles of drive.
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6/18/2018 Play Game Panel, Montezuma Canyon, UT - This panel is located close to the Two Horses Panel, just traverse the hill to get close look. Seems to playing a baseball game like, one batter and one catcher, and standing behind the catcher is the umpire, what do you think?
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6/18/2018 Two Horses Panel, Montezuma Canyon, UT - I was looking for the Hidden Valley and found rock art panels instead. This Two Horses panel is visible from the parking lot, it is located higher up the hill, scramble to get to close up to see it. One of the horses has a trademark, a means this panel is not very old.
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6/18/2018 Montezuma Springs North, Montezuma Canyon, UT - 3 Separate panels located Montezuma Springs North area not far from the Banner Panel. Most of figures are faded out and not easy to see it.
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6/18/2018 Exercise Panel, Montezuma Canyon, UT - This petroglyphs panel is located little steep slope side of the wall near the Banner Panel. First I noticed that one of the figure is stretched out from exercise. Also noticed that one figure has about body length size of long ears/horns like.
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6/18/2018 Banner Panel, Montezuma Canyon, UT - It is white pictographs located on the ground level of north side of the Montezuma Springs. Alcove like area that protect it from the weather. It is so bold and appeal, just like a banner.
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6/14/2018 Abajo Peak, UT - The road goes to all the way to the peak, but as a peakbagger I need to hike to earn the credit, so that parked car at side of the road and started to hike. View was wonderful, I can see the Bear’s Ears, Comb Ridge, Blanding and Monticello. It was little cool side at the peak.
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6/12/2018 Stimper Arch, Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa, UT - This arch is not far from the Turkey Pen Ruin, about 500ft or so. The arch is located way up and no way to get to close to it. This is the end of today’s hike, I turn back from this site. I’ve hiked total 10.3 miles today.
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6/12/2018 Turkey Pen Ruin, Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa, UT - Overall structure is similar to the Junction Ruin, two levels and upper level of ruins are way high up and not accessible, lower level of ruins are we can walk around. 5th row right most photo is the Turkey Pen or coop or cage, which this place name got it.
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6/12/2018 Junction Ruin, Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa, UT - This ruin is located Grand Gulch side of confluence of the Kane Gulch and Grand Gulch. There are two levels of ruins, upper level ruin is located upper side of the cliff wall and not accessible, I still wondering how to get there. I walk around lower level of ruin out side of the rope fence.
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6/12/2018 Kane Gulch, Cedar Mesa, UT - The trail is some times very narrow and some times very wide, well used trail and not difficullt to follow. When getting down and more down, both sides of walls are getting taller, which beautiful place to hike. I started hike early cool morning, when got out from the gulch, it was hot, this place is toasting, even not summer yet.
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6/10/2018 Desecrated Panel, Navajo Nation, UT - The panel site is in the private property of a family owned in the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation. Petroglyphs are located south side of the San Juan River and on the huge cliff wall. Desecrated petroglyphs because the Medicine Man told that the way to avoid illness of the families.
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6/9/2018 San Juan Stampede, Monticello, UT - This is a professional Rodeo and participants are from all over US, only 10% from Utah state. It has several different categories, such as bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding and more. All categories are judge by time, some times longer is better, some times shorter is better.
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6/8/2018 Vision Relay, Monticello, UT - Mission of the Vision Relay is to cure blindness. It is 4 members team of bicycle riding that 525 miles from Moab to St George, ankle monitor pass to the next rider at the each exchange station. 56 teams or 224 riders participated in this year, where entrance fee is $800/team. Some bicycles are $8,000 to $10,000 each, heart monitor that reader is hookup to the bike.
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6/6/2018 Magic Panel, Paradox Valley, CO - This place is listed on the 'Paradox Valley Petroglyph Tour' brochure and located at south side of the highway #90. Petroglyphs are on the lower left corner of the boulder, not entire boulder, there are many petroglyphs but all smaller size.
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6/6/2018 Paradox Tower, Paradox Valley, CO - Back of this tall rock tower, there is some petroglyphs, but I was expected much more, so that sort of disappointed. There is a trail to get to this tower, which I didn’t know that before. However view from this tower is breathtaking.
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6/6/2018 Shaman Panel, Paradox Valley, CO - This is an amazing large panel by so many figures of petroglyphs on it. Only problem is not easy to get close to it, go through the dry waterfalls, which easy to slide down but difficult to scramble up, when I needed help ladies helped me out, if they were not there, I am sure I missed this place, thank you.
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6/6/2018 Paradox Valley, CO - There are many rock art (RA) sites in this Paradox Valley, only problem is I don’t know where located it. I try to search the RA every canyons in the Paradox Valley. One of the small canyon, I found couple RA panels, one has only few petroglyphs, near by another panel has incised (cut line) petroglyphs.
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6/1/2018 Horse Collar Ruin, Natural Bridges National Monument, UT - Finally reached to the ruin, feel so good!!! Before it was impossible to reach to the ruin,then I saw from overview area that someone hike up to the ruin in unexpected way, I just copy it, it was easier to hike up. Two doorways resemble as horse collars that the name of this place got it.
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5/31/2018 Tuwa Canyon, Natural Bridges National Monument, UT - I’ve hiked on the Tuwa canyon for search of the Bigfoot Ruin. When came back checked my GPS, I was hiked half wrong canyon, that the why I can’t find it. I hope next time stay in right canyon and will find it.
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5/30/2018 White Mesa Mill, UT - This is the only license to operate Uranium radioactive waste disposing facility in USA & Canada, which Canadian company owns it and located between Blanding and White Mesa. Half Life of the U238 is 4.5 Billion Years and U235 is 700 Million Years. Seems to never have a major accident, but there is a possibility. I don’t know why its located not far from the residential area? Current employees are 150. Courtesy to Google Earth and Grand Canyon Trust site.
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5/27/2018 Mexican Mountain area, San Rafael Swell, UT - The road is maintained road and there is 2 gates to open and close in 14 miles range, bumpy at time to time but overall nice road. The mountains view is just breathtaking, and there are many rocky mountains along the road. The creek was very green, I never see like that before.
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5/27/2018 Mexican Bend Rock Art site, San Rafael Swell, UT - I can’t imagine there is a airstrip in the middle of the nowhere in the mountain area, and people are still using it. The rock art site is located northeast of the airstrip, not far from there. I found 3+ petro panels. I didn’t know the exact location of it, so that I’ve hiked much more on the trail.
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5/26/2018 Green River Cutoff Road, San Rafael Swell, UT - There are a line of the metal sculpture, that indicated Old Spanish trail that similar to the east side of town of Green River metal sculpture. Seems to there are some more similar metal sculpture on the Old Spanish trail.
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5/26/2018 Fullers Bottom, San Rafael Swell, UT - Fullers Bottom means cross the San Rafael River, where river water is running and no bridge. I was not sure I can make it or not because there was least one foot of water was running. It was a challenge to me, but I made it.
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5/26/2018 Salt Wash, San Rafael Swell, UT - Started early from the upper side of the mesa TH. I can’t find the way to get down to the bottom of the canyon, I was looking for all over and finally found the way to go down, I was too tired and decided to go back. I’ll definitely try this place some other time. It is beautiful canyon.
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5/25/2018 Duch Flat Roadside Panel, San Rafael Swell, UT - I spot this site, when I was driving. It is located by the wire fence next to the cow gathering place. A feature of this site is, stack up the boulder to made a tunnel and pictographs are on the wall of in the tunnel.
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5/25/2018 Fremont Rainbow Panel, Lower Cedar Mountain Road, San Rafael Swell, UT - This is my 2nd time to visit here, there were too much mosquitoes and can’t take photos at last time. Hike down to the bottom of creek to took photos, also took some more pictographs photos along the creek.
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5/24/2018 Molen Seep Wash Pictographs Panels, San Rafael Swell, UT - Red color dominated pictographs, and similar figure to couple different sites. Some of pictographs are very detail oriented, I don’t know the photos show the detail or not.
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5/24/2018 Molen Seep Wash Petro Site, San Rafael Swell, UT - The main panel was familiar panel from the Internet, I didn’t know that its located here. I didn’t know the exact location, so that I have hiked long way to get here, but there is easy way to drive up and short hike to get here.
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5/24/2018 Land of Thousand Boulders, San Rafael Swell, UT - This area has many boulders and people are come to practice rock climbing techniques. I was looking for the rock art, but can’t find it, when came back and checked the Internet, I was looking for wrong place, I have to visit again to find it in right place at next time.
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5/23/2018 Railroad Rock, Lower Cedar Mountain Road, San Rafael Swell, UT - This is located the east most of four sites. I don’t kow what railroad rock means, if I name this place, I called the Telepathy Panel because two figures connected with telepathy wire like, see 2nd row 2nd from right photo.
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5/23/2018 Silent Sentinel and Busy Panel, Lower Cedar Mountain Road, San Rafael Swell, UT - The road to get this place is the wash, which confused me, wash is the road??? There are many figures on the busy panel, but one figure on the Silent Sentinel panel, I believe these are created at different time zone.
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5/23/2018 45 Degree Rock Site, Lower Cedar Mountain Road, San Rafael Swell, UT - Odd thing was, turning road stopped just before the 45 degree rock, a big drop off and I am sure I can’t go through, so that backed up, you know I hate to back up drive. There are many figures on small surface of the 45 degree rock, I believe there were many more but gone.
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5/23/2018 Daisy Chain Site, Lower Cedar Mountain Road, San Rafael Swell, UT - This site is one of the four rock art sites on the Lower Cedar Mountain Road. One side of the boulder has some graffiti but other side of the boulder has three company untouched by graffiti.
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5/23/2018 Short Canyon, San Rafael Swell, UT - I found 2 pictographs panels, one is all red color, another one is red and white colors. Those are steep slope to hike up to see closer look. When came back and checked the Internet, there are some more pictographs panels near by, a means I have to come back this place some day.
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5/22/2018 Sid and Charley, San Rafael Swell, UT - Sid and Charley is the name of the rock formation, which standing alone. I was looking for rock art, but I don’t know exactly what I am looking for. When I saw some pictographs, I thought that’s it. After came back and checked the Internet, there are some more petroglyphs around there that I have missed, which means I have to come back to this place some day.
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5/22/2018 Last Chance Loop, San Rafael Swell, UT - It is well maintained dirt road, nice loop, not too short or too long, and nice different rock formations and nice different colors of cliffs, mountains and hills. This is enjoyable loop to just drive through.
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5/22/2018 Lava Dike, Last Chance Loop, San Rafael Swell, UT - Very colorful area, red, white, gray, pink but not black, suddenly black Lava Dike appeared. It is remarkable figure, like black thick broken dishes stick up.
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5/22/2018 Mussentuchit Sand Dune, San Rafael Swell, UT - The sand dune is located south side of the cliff and steep slope. The sand color is darker peach color and near by mountains/hills are beautiful. It is on the Lower Last Chance Loop road.
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5/22/2018 Mussentuchit Site, San Rafael Swell, UT - "Mussentuchit" means "Must Not Touch It" because poisonous water. The petroglyphs site is located near the volcanic rock layer area, which is a nice view. There are many nice figures in the large panel.
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