On our 3rd day's ride in the San Rafael Desert, we ride past Runt's Knob,
across Lost Park,
and along the edges of Horseshoe Canyon. Steve and Daisy search for a safe way to descend from the sandstone rim.
We find a few sketchy wild burro and/or crazy cowboy trails, but no path we consider safe.
We don't find water, either, but the horses munch snow. Galloping over the flat areas has made them sweat, even though the air temperature is in the low 40's. An equine winter coat doesn't shed heat very well.
When our trailer comes into sight, we are struck by the Henry Mountains looming behind it. Even parking along the road provides spectacular views!
We have enough water in the trailer tank for both horses to enjoy a good drink before the drive home. Mischief wears a coating of reddish sand from the luxurious roll he took as soon as the saddle was removed.
On the hour's drive back to the nearest paved road, this stark scene of mountains over sand dunes and snow catches our attention.