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12/10/2017 Paradox Valley, CO - There are many petroglyphs in the Paradox Valley that I learned from the Internet. I thought trail takes me to the petroglyphs site that was not the case, trail was getting narrower and disappeared. There are many boulders beside west side of the tall cliff wall, I couln’t find even one petroglyph. Its beautiful place to hike even no petroglyphs.
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12/8/2017 Cave Houses, Montezuma Canyon, UT - I saw many caves that use for storage units. However some ones built modern cave houses, I saw least two nice cave houses, but maybe some more exist. I wounder how to live in the cave?
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12/8/2017 Bradford Ruins, Confluence of Bradford Canyon and Montezuma Canyon, UT - Ruins are camouflaged with surrounding rocks, without wooden fence, I never noticed. You can find least three ruins from my photos, possible some more.
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12/8/2017 Three Kiva Pueblo, Montezuma Canyon, UT - Extensive excavations revealed there was 14 rooms and three kivas, where only one kiva is reconstructed and we all can enjoy to get down into this kiva. Inside kiva is dark, but quiet and nice place to relax. Currently ruins are outside the kiva, for few rooms.
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12/8/2017 Montezuma Canyon Petro, UT - This petroglyphs site is located by the Montezuma Creek Road, and visible from the road, hike up to the bottom of the cliff to see close up. There are many more petroglyphs that I found after this trip, I have to go back to find those.
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12/8/2017 Music Panel, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, CO - This panel is located north side of the Ismay Trading Post, and between two boulders, not easy to take photos because not much room between boulders. The panel is just like The Music Staff, 5 horizontal lines and 4 spaces.
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12/8/2017 County Road G Petro, Cayons of the Ancients National Monument, CO - This place is located by the county road G, just east of the Ismay Trading Post. Many graffiti, some of are top of the petroglyphs, sad to see it. This place is easy to access from the road that the why so many graffiti.
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12/5/2017 Wilson Arch, UT - When I was driving highway 191, the bridge was beautiful with sunset. I have to stop my car to take photos. If I was not tired I am sure I have hiked up to the below the bridge.
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12/5/2017 Kane Creek Petro, Moab, UT - I didn’t know the Kane Creek road side has many petroglyphs. I was lucky to stop and stop at side of the road, there was no traffic unlike summer time.
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12/5/2017 HyMasa Trail, Moab, UT - My initial goal was to see the Piggyback Panel, after few errors and short day time, couldn’t make it. but nice day to hike on the trail.
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12/5/2017 Owl Panel, Moab, UT - I took easier way to get to the panel, but still scrambled. When got to the fron of the panel, ground is relatively flat and easy to walk. Human figure is a large in size.
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12/4/2017 Hidden Valley Petro, Moab, UT (5.8 miles) - The trail was first steep, then flat. Petroglyphs are located two areas, one is west side and another one is east side, both at the bottom of the tall cliff and high up from the ground. There are many petroglyphs sporadically that entire length of the both wall 1/4 to 1/2 mile long.
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11/30/2017 Cutthroat Castle, Hovernweep National Monument, CO (2.6 miles) - It is confused that this area is a detached Hoverweep National Monument even located in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. It is very similar to the Painted Hand Pueblo, maybe same people were here. However more towers here and very tall. The road to get to the TH is tough.
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11/29/2017 Painted Hand Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, CO - Tower is visible from the parking lot. 1/2 mile hike to reach it, when hike down to the tower area, there are some ruins. I was expected a lot of hand pictographs but found only couple.
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11/29/2017 Lowry Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, CO - I was expected nothing left just like the Sand Canyon Pueblo, I was wrong, it is beautiful pueblo. There are many rooms or ruins and main area is protected with roof, under the roof is a beautiful kiva and some rooms, a good thing was we can walk-in to the inside. Also there are couple more kivas, large kiva is little away from main pueblo. This is the best pueblo for this trip.
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11/29/2017 Dominguez Pueblo, CO - It is located front yard of the Anasazi Heritage Center building. It is a small pueblo, only three rooms ruin and open area that use to the circle of gathering place, too small and easy to miss it.
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11/29/2017 Escalante Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, CO - Short hike up to the hill beside the Anasazi Heritage Center, to see the ruins. From Escalante Pueblo site, very nice McPhee Reservoir view. The kiva is the dominating this pueblo and some ruins surrounding it.
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11/29/2017 Anasazi Heritage Canter, CO - This place is the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Headquarter. I don’t know why so far from actual national monument land. Museum is very nicely done, especially light fixtures are right places, easy to take photos from outside of the glass cases. Clear view of the Sleeping Ute Mountains.
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11/29/2017 Summit Reservoir, CO - Highway #184 road side reservoir that man-made lake. 'Rainbow Trout is stocked periodically, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish and Black Crappie are produce naturally' that sign said. Do you know stocked fishes don’t know how to produce offspring.
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11/28/2017 Sand Canyon Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, CO - I was expected to see some ruins but there is nothing left, all I could see was pile of small rocks. There are signs and showing how nice community was here, I tried to use my imagination, but didn’t work because nothing front of me, it was disappointed.
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11/28/2017 Sand Canyon, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, CO (9.5 miles) - This is a GAL(get a life) group hike that separated to two ways, one stop all ruins and one is not. I have jointed stop all ruins and saw total 10 ruins and a tower. Every ruin, there is a sign to not go beyond the sign, we have to see it far from the ruin, over protected that my opinion.
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11/26/2017 False Kiva, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park, UT (2.4 miles) - I know everywhere in the Island in the Sky has a great view, but view from this False Kiva was just breathtaking. There is no parking lot at the TH but trail is all way to the destination, need to scramble few places. I guess sunset or sunrise view is the best but I am satisfied with second best.
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11/25/2017 Evaporation Ponds, Potash, UT - Pump up water from underground, evaporate it and getting the Potassium Chloride for fertilizer that the essential nutrient for plant growth. Added dye to process of evaporation faster, so that color of ponds are different. Last photo snapped from the Google Earth.
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11/25/2017 Dead Horse Point State Park, UT (6 miles) - I have hiked combination of East Rim Trail and West Rim Trail, it was a loop hike with 6 overlook points. Each overlook point has different view but overall all great view, I really enjoyed it.
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11/24/2017 Corona Arch, Moab, UT (2.3 miles) - It is short hike but hike up on the ladder, slick rock, use metal rope to climb up. It is very popular place, there are many people and dogs enjoy hiking on this trail. There are two arches, one called Bowtie Arch that just west of the Corona Arch. Corona Arch is large in size, I though just like shape of the large elephant’s nose.
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11/21/2017 Upper Butler Wash Ruins, UT - Here are 4 more no-name ruins photos that we have visited beside the Target and Ballroom ruins. One of those cliffdweller ruins, we tried to get up and closer look but unsucess. Today’s hike was GAL(get a life) group hike, we saw total 6 ruins.
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11/21/2017 Ballroom Cave Ruin, Upper Butler Wash, UT - There are two large size caves in this place and large enough to call it ballroom, which this ruin name from, one cave is larger than other, and need a flash light to see the inside. 3 different colored human figures and hands pictographs are on the wall.
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11/21/2017 Target Ruin, Upper Butler Wash, UT (4.5 miles for all 6 ruins) - To get to the bottom of the ruin, we have to scramble up slick rock. There is a target pictographs in the ruin that gives its name, 2nd row 2nd from right enlarge photo to see top half of the target. There are some petroglyphs below the ruin.
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11/20/2017 Fish Creek, Cedar Mesa, UT (7.6 miles) - We, Tom, Laurie and I, have hiked Lower Fish Creek from Comb Wash Road side to the confluence of the Owl Creek and McCloyd Canyon. We saw total 7 ruins and granaries. We walk around couple ruins are very nice and good shape. Granaries are tiny space and located high on the cliff.
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11/19/2017 Comb Wash Petro, UT - Those are Comb Wash roadside petroglyphs, there are two distinguished sites that about 100ft from the main road. Nice Comb Wash west side view and petroglyphs that very enjoyable.
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11/19/2017 Upper Sand Island Petro, UT - Many petroglyphs are located way high up the cliff, some of are I can’t take photos because too far. I was wondering how to get so high to make petroglyphs, maybe river water level is much higher at that time. Sad thing is most of petroglyphs are on the process of disappearing.
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11/19/2017 Big Crane Panel, Butler Wash Road, UT (1.6 miles) - When started hiking, I didn’t know the exact location, but lucky enough to find it. There is a trail all the way, which I missed. Its located little higher side of the slope, a means climb up the hill. Only one big crane and circle figures.
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11/17/2017 Pothole Point, Canyonlands National Park, UT - There are many potholes on the ground in this area and best time to visit is just after rain, so that all pothole filled up with water. There is no trail, we can walk around and enjoy the nice view.
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11/17/2017 Slickrock Trail, Canyonlands National Park, UT (2.5 miles) - Hike up on the slikrock, follow the carins, there are many carins like every 20-30ft apart. There are tiny signs that telling the locatin of view point or trail. Rusting color or rocks all over, saw needles in far view.
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11/14/2017 Arch Canyon Ruin, UT (1 mile) - Over protecting ruin by wire fence that fence is too away from the ruin, a means we can’t see the ruin from outside the fence. From the top view, I took a photo when climb up to the Walnut Knob, there is not much left for the ruin.
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11/14/2017 Walnut Knob, Arch Canyon, UT (2 miles) - There is no trail, climb up on the slick rock, I was guessing that panel is located atop of the mountain, and I was right, petroglyphs panels are on the boulders at top of the mountain, that made my day. Those two panels are beautiful and very complicated figures.
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11/14/2017 Butler Wash Ruin, UT (1 mile) - It is located highway #95 road side. Trail and Cairns are key to get to the ruin overview point. The ruins are other side of the canyon and located middle of the cliff, seems to not easy to get into the ruin.
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11/14/2017 Dinosaur Tracksite, Butler Wash Road, UT - It is road side attraction, it is located one of the dry creeks. There are few dinosaur foot prints visible, but many more under the sand, need to clearup some time to see clear tracks.
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11/14/2017 Fishmouth Cave, Butler Wash Road, UT (2 miles) - There are few ruins along the way. The Fishmouth Cave is large cave in size. At near the Fishmouth Cave, there is no clear trail, everyone can hike up to the slick rock and scramble up last part of the Fishmouth Cave.
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11/13/2017 Split Level Ruin, Butler Wash Road, UT (2.3 miles) - The ruins are located second and third level of 4 story cliff. I was in the lower level of ruin area but I don’t know how to get to the upper level of ruin. There are many hand pictogrphs and petroglyphs are located on the wall and ground level.
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11/13/2017 Cold Spring Cave Ruin, Butler Wash Road, UT (3 miles) - End of the trail is the location of the ruins. Spring water is running inside the largest ruin that very convenience to live there, I like the idea. Pictographs are located higher side and petroglyphs are located on the ground level.
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11/13/2017 Monarch Cave Ruin, Butler Wash Road, UT (2.2 miles) - The ruins are located at the end of the canyon which is the cul-de-sac, the cave at middle of the cliff. I can tell they were not scare of height, because very steep slope to get into the ruin. There are many morters, pictographs and petroglyphs.
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11/12/2017 Procession Panel, Butler Wash Road, UT (3 miles) - Suppose to 3 miles hike but I actually hiked nearly 5 miles to find it, because missed turn couple times. There is no sign, of course, I saw some cairns but not enough. The panel is located west faced wall and climb up the hill to see it. It is very clear and nice size petroglyphs.
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11/12/2017 Double Stack Ruin, Butler Wash Road, UT (2.3 miles) - There is no sign to indicate the TH or not. I assumed but I was not sure, then a family came and told me this is the right TH, so I joined them to all way to the ruin. I enjoyed the ruin and pictographs and petroglyphs.
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