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This trip will visit several sites along Comb Ridge, Cedar Mesa and sites around Bluff. The trip will be geared toward those who are looking for an introduction to the Bluff area. Depending on where we end up going a day use fee may be required and will be paid by each attendee. Each day plenty of water and a lunch should be brought along for a full day outing. March in Bluff can be blustery and cold or warm and balmy so bring appropriate clothing depending on the weather. Carpooling is encouraged and a high clearance vehicle is suggested. Weather will be a determining factor for the sites we will attempt to visit.
Leader Dave Manley
Hike on cow trail in canyon drainage, walk over to panels on the sides. Length: 12-14 miles round trip. Duration: sun up to sun set. 10-12 hours.
I recommend long pants and/or gaiters. Keep a sharp eye out for rock art and ruins! They can be found the entire length of the canyon, from the corral down past Table Rock. The rock art is spectacular in Snake Gulch, probably one of the best collections of pictographs in the state. Most of it is very old too, Anasazi Basketmaker and Fremont from the same time period. There are some newer images, from Pueblo III times, and even the occasional Paiute drawing, but the bulk (and the draw) are the very large, very old pictographs. Red was a favorite color for the ancient inhabitants of Snake Gulch, so keep your eyes peeled for splashes of red against the tan walls. These can indicate the presence of just a few little P III humanoids, or a battery of ancient, towering figures. Keep a special eye out for "The Spacemen" and "The Couple" on your way down.
Ruins are also found in Snake Gulch, and the sharp eye can usually spot the remains of some cliff dwellings as you get closer to Table Rock. The trail stays simply in the bottom of the canyon. Table Rock marks the confluence of Snake Gulch and a medium-sized tributary coming in from the south. At their junction, a point sticks out with a flat bench of limestone at the top - Table Rock. A very large pictograph panel, The Big Panel, is sheltered under the overhang of Table Rock. There is also an ammo can with a visitor's log. Across the canyon is an alcove with the remains of a cliff dwelling (just a few walls, now). A trip up into the ruin is neat, though the main attraction is the rock art. The Big Panel alone is worth spending hours, if you have them..
Leader: Steve Acerson
Dinetah is the ancestral homeland of the Navajo, this area of New Mexico is one of the best kept secrets in rock art. Most of the sites we will visit are Navajo with a few Rosa Phase Basketmaker panels. Plenty of water and a lunch should be brought along for a full day of rock art, a few pueblitos will be visited as well. April can be blustery or it can be quite nice. There are no amenities anywhere along this trip. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. This area is prone to severe flash flooding, if rain is forecast the trip will be canceled.
Leader: Dave Manley
Green River River Road trip, Tusher and Coal canyons, Stub, Floy, Cresent, Sego, and Valley City. Butterfly Bend, horse bench reservoir. High Clearance vehicles drive canyon drainages. Walk over to panels. Will travel to sites over the three days.
A Group Site , Single Tree Campground (site B) has been selected for the annual summer picnic. Dates will be Friday, August 16 departing Monday, August 19 for 3 nights. The Singletree Campground is located at about 8200 feet elevation, and is about 20 miles from Capitol Reef National Park. The campground has flush toilets, and even wifi for a fee! The site holds a max of 50 people. If you'd like your own space, you can reserve a private site. More details to come on the sites we will visit, but plan on potluck dinners and lots of visiting!
On Friday evening, we begin the discussion about where to go on Saturday and Sunday. We generally choose trips after we know who is there, what they want to see, who knows how to get there, and what the weather and road conditions are.
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