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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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6/20/2018 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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6/21/2018 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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6/23/2018 Flat Rock Peak (Kay Named), UT - This peak is located west side of the Abajo Peak, and just east side of Jackson Ridge. This peak was bonus peak for me, because must go through to way to the Jackson Ridge, which is my today’s destination. There are flat broken dish like rocks atop of the peak, loud sound comes when walk on it.
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6/23/2018 Jackson Ridge, UT - I was expected shorter distance rather than 6 miles round trip hike. It is 11,164 ft elevation, cool temperature there and nice view all around. Its located west of the Abajo Peak. When I saw this mountain at Abajo Peak hike, I wanted to visit that wish came true today.
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6/25/2018 Paradox Corral Petro, CO - This is the easiest place to see the rock art in the Paradox area, which I’ve missed before. There are many boulders around there and petroglyphs are scattered, here and there. I am sure I can find some more petroglyphs if spend some more time that leave it for the next time.
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6/25/2018 Dolores River Hike, Bedrock, CO - I’ve hiked to the confluence of the Dolores River and La Sal Creek from near the Dolores River Boat Ramp. There are many beautiful red rock cliffs along the way, sad thing to see was not much water in the Dolores River. About 1/2 mile before the confluence, there are some petroglyphs on the few boulders.
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6/26/2018 Hanging Flume, CO - Y11 Road is the short cut between Colorado Highway #90 and #141, and reconstructed Hanging Flume can view from this road. Hanging Flume was constructed 1890 for 10 miles long and total cost $173,000. At 2012 40 ft short segment of reconstructed Hanging Flume was cost $125,000.
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6/26/2018 Colorado Pikeminnow Throughout, Gunnison River, CO - I had a chance to witness to release a good size Colorado Pikeminnow Endangered Throughout into the Gunnison River. The PIT Tag is embedded on the belly side of fish that smaller size than a grain. Pikeminnow Throughout is catch and release only.
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6/27/2018 Shavano Valley Petro, Montrose, CO - This site is in the private property, and guided tour only. I got a private tour with Carol Patterson, she explained meaning of petroglyphs with Indian’s point of view that coordinated with their environment. Last stop was a boulder outside of the fence near the springs that has many figures.
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6/27/2018 Ute Indian Museum, Monterose, CO - The museum is located south side of the town, and many teepees outside the museum. It is nicely organized inside the museum. I saw many accessories and decorating items.
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6/28/2018 Range Creek Tour, UT - Range Creek is located south side of the Nine Mile Canyon. Waldo Wilcox sold 4,200 acres on 2001 for $2.5 Millions to the State, since that tour is available to explore inside the property. I’ve joined 13 miles one way tour that offer by Tavaputs Ranch, stop by many places to take look at granaries and rock arts.
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6/28/2018 Range Creek Rock Art, UT - This is the part of the Range Creek Tour, too many photos, so that separated to this section. Most rock art are too far a way, and impossible to take photos with my camera, so that I took photos from the Tavaputs Ranch’s photos, but I saw all those rock art from the telescope that they provided us. Also we’ve hiked up to see it.
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6/28/2018 Mecham House, Cleveland, UT - Jerry and Beth are very nice people and invited me to stay overnight in their house, 'Thank You' for let me stay. They are not only nice to me, whenever someone need help, they are jump in to help. Their basement is full of food that good enough for least 2-3 years. They tried to show me the petro sites, which I’ve been.
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6/28/2018 Oville Pionia park, Cleveland, UT - This place is near the Beth’s house. This is one man’s project and getting donation of old original buildings and tools from all over around here. It is a museum quality, he tried to preserve it in a good way. There are several old buildings and many old tools and equipment.
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6/29/2018 Grassy Knoll Petro, UT - It is located west side of the highway #191 from the rest area. Soon the road separated to two ways and I followed my GPS way-point. It was wrong road and decedent steep hill side to get to the destination. At the return I took on the road to way back. Many petroglyphs are on the dark red rocks on the ground side.
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6/29/2018 Grassy Knoll Ruin, UT - It is not far from the petroglyphs site, little higher. Main ruin is located atop of the hill with nice view, and few more crumbled ruins lower side of the hill. Only main ruin is large in size, and all others are smaller size. I assume main ruin is like a Kiva, gathering place, and live in the smaller ruins.
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7/4/2018 4th of July, Blanding, UT - This is the 4th July parade of Blanding style. Airplanes flied lower on the main street. The parade started very quietly and lot of candies thrown from the parade vehicles, kids were busy to pick it up. When got noisy that water splashed from the water tank track, people got wet, then police cars escorted that the end of the parade. After the parade, people moved to the Centennial Park to enjoy foods and games.
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7/6/2018 Indian Creek Rock Art Hunt (Part 1 East), Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is the Part 1 of series Indian Creek rock art hunting. I have visited 7 rock art sites today, 5 sites are re-visited that include Shay Canyon, 2 sites are first time. It was productive day.
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7/6/2018 Shay Canyon, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is my 2nd time here. There are many petroglyphs panels, very enjoyable place to take photos. I am glad to see those petroglyphs without graffiti, very minimum of graffiti here.
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7/7/2018 Indian Creek, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - I wanted to find the Wavy Hair petroglyphs for while, see 1st photo, which I got from the Internet. It was awful hike, there are many trees and bushes, bushwhacking is not my favorite hike. If I found it that payed off, but couldn’t find it, only I have is tiredness. Oh well...next time.
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7/7/2018 Foy Lake, near Monticello, UT - There is paved road all the way to the lake. The lake is smaller in size and Abajo mountain range in back. Good thing around this lake in summer is very nice cool temperature because of high altitude.
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7/7/2018 Monticello Lake, near Monticello, UT - This lake is not far from the Foy Lake, little southeast. It is smaller than the Foy lake, more like a pond rather than a lake, and located at the road side of N Creek road.
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7/9/2018 Indian Creek Rock Art Hunt (Part 2 East), Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is the Part 2 of series Indian Creek rock art hunting. I have visited 3 sites, sll 3 sites involved hike up the steep short hill. One site with one panel that has one petroglyph, that was sad to see it. A strange petro that one object has 9 arms like sticking up.
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7/9/2018 Indian Creek Robot Panel (Kay Named), Indian Creek Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is my 2nd visit, 1st time was 6 years ago. There are mainly two different areas, about 100ft apart, east side has a few figures, and west side has many figures that include robot like figures. West side panel is partially visible from the highway.
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7/11/2018 Indian Creek Rock Art Hunt (Part 3 East), Bears Ears National Monument, UT - I found three new panels today, and there are some more. I have scramble up/down the hill couple times, I learned that to stay at the higher position and traverse that the best way. I had a time to hike in the Donnelly Creek for while, I didn’t find any RA there, but nice creek to hike.
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7/12/2018 Indian Creek Rock Art Hunt (Part 4 East), Bears Ears National Monument, UT - Three new panels discover today. First one was that hike up the rock climber route, where rock climbers are off during summer, petroglyphs were on the tall cliff wall. Second one was road side boulder, and third one was on the booulder at the boulder field near Dogout Ranch.
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7/14/2018 Hog Canyon, Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is one of the side canyon in the Indian Creek. I’ve hiked this canyon to find out RA. It is only couple miles long for main part of the canyon, however trail was repeated disappear and re-appear, and getting bushwhacking, I made it to half way and turn back. It was nice canyon hike but can’t find RA.
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7/16/2018 Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park, UT - This area hike required the permit or join the ranger leading tour, without permit fine is up to $500 and 6 months in jail. This is hike in the fin area that just like hike in the maze, and easy to lost. I’ve sign up the tour three months ago, and joined the 2.5 miles ranger leading tour that involved many scrambling and go through very narrow cracked areas. We saw several arches include Twin Arch, Surprise Arch and more. Overall this is very enjoyable hike for the families.
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7/17/2018 Indian Creek Rock Art Hunt (Part 5 East), Bears Ears National Monument, UT - Found three panels today, first panel is several figures on the wall, second panel is located another wall with three figures, and third panel is on the west face of the boulder that has most figure on it.
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7/18/2018 Indian Creek Rock Art (Part 6 West), Bears Ears National Monument, UT - Very productive day today for first time to search the west side of the Indian Creek that north of the Shay Canyon. This is the first area that I found two panels called 'Boot Panel' and 'Feet Panel' (Kay Named). These panels are not far each other that I didn’t see it, so that I have to hike/scramble up/down the steep hill twice to capture that RA photos.
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7/18/2018 Indian Creek Rock Art (Part 6 West), Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This is the second area of first day to try searching west side of the creek. There are four panels, 'Robot Friend Panel', 'Trapped Man Panel', 'Shield Catman Panel' and 'Dot Circle Panel' (all Kay Named). I wanted to see the 'Robot Friend Panel' for while, so that happy to see it. Those are located high up, I tried to get closer but still some distance to take photos.
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7/18/2018 Indian Creek Rock Art (Part 6 East), Bears Ears National Monument, UT - This area has four panels, such as 'Carry Baby Panel', 'Faded Sun Panel', 'Wavy Hair Panel' and 'Flute Player Panel' (all Kay Named). I wanted to see the 'Wavy Hair Panel' for while, when saw it, I was almost lost control myself. I wanted to take photo 'Wavy Hair Panel' with me, but its located way high up and no way to get closer that was sad.
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7/19/2018 Indian Creek Rock Art (Part 7 West), Bears Ears National Monument, UT - I found three panels in three areas, but two areas are too high up and not many figures, even I didn’t want to try to get there. I have hiked/scramble up to the one area that have a nice panel and ruin, which ruin is very rare in the Indian Creek, I don’t see any ruins in this area.
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