Kay's Photo Journal - November 2017
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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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11/11/2017 Six Shooter Canyon, UT - We were planed to go to the Davis Canyon, however there are so many dirt roads to choose from and no sign at all, and we endup to the Six Shooter Canyon. We enjoyed short scrable up to the middle of the mesa for while and enjoyed nice day at outside.
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11/7/2017 Confluence Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, UT (10.2 miles) - The trail was tougher than I expected, steep down to canyon bed and climb up to the upper canyon that repeated few times. But worth it to see the Colorado and Green River confluence, beautiful rock walls surrounding it.
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11/2/2017 Double Negative, Overton, NV (3.4 miles) - Artist Michael Heizer is the creater of it. Double Negative means, one side of mesa is negative and otherside of mesa is also negative. From end of one side, can see the otherside of the end. It is large in side.
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11/1/2017 Pahreah Ghost Town, UT - This place use to have a movie set, but vandals committed arson burning it down, my questin is why? Anyway no buildings here, but exceptional beauty of colorful bright stripes of mountain slope to enjoy.
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11/1/2017 Valley of the Gods, UT - The dirt road is a loop, from highway #261 to #163. There are many beautiful outstanding rock formations through the park, red color is dominating in this area.
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11/1/2017 Moki Dugway, UT - It is parts of highway #261, where all highway #261 is paved except Moki Dugway, which is gravel. The Moki Dugway is a 10% grade, narrow some places and series of switchbacks that runs from the Cedar Mesa down into Valley of the Gods.
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