as well as the colorful pot and the deer/mountain sheep design.
October 29, 2014
October 28, 2014
We continued our exploration of the Four Corners region in Southwest Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
October 27, 2014
|Rugged Desert Hikers|
|Happy Desert Daisy|
We checked out the deep canyons
and tortured sandstone landscape,
|Steve's mini Delicate Arch|
|Desert Sea Lion|
and some jasper chippings that may have remained from an attempt to make arrowheads or other tools.
October 26, 2014
October 25, 2014
The first week of October, our son joined us in a tour of ancient Native American ruins in southern Utah.
Horseshoe Canyon was our first stop. This is a part of Canyonlands National Park that most visitors to Canyonlands do not see, because it's on the other side of the Green River, separated from the main section by about 50 air miles, and 4 hours of driving time. We've been there on horseback, but the leisurely pace of hiking allowed for a closer look at the canyon art.
We had not noticed the above petroglyphs before. Petroglyphs are pecked into the rock, while pictographs are painted on.
The hike to The Great Gallery is about 6.5 miles round trip.
Archeologists are unsure of the exact age of the rock art, known as Barrier Style, which is found in this canyon. Some say the art could be 6000 to 8000 years old, based on artifacts found in the area that can be more easily carbon dated than the pictographs.
The canyon has a certain haunting beauty, and perhaps the Ancient Ones recognized this as well.
|Hiking in Horseshoe Canyon|
|mountain sheep or deer|
|How did they get up there?!|
|Binoculars provided by Park Service at site|
|The binoculars are antique, but are still effective|
|Holy Ghost figures in the Great Gallery|