I've finally gotten around to visiting this wonderful area. It is a little off the beaten path of most visitors to southern Utah thus affords some seclusion and solitary hiking experience in remote and rugged surroundings. Despite having spent about 2 weeks in and around Cedar Mesa there are still numerous hikes that I intend to do sometime in the future (Owl Creek, Fish Creek, Lime Creek, John's Canyon)
Below you will find you will find links that provide useful information and images from my trip.
Please note that in 1999 the BLM has converted the whole Cedar Mesa area into a permit/fee area. For detailed information take a look at their site: BLM Grand Gulch Page for up to date information on the area and an Area Map and a Cedar Mesa Map.
What makes this area of Utah especially attractive are the numerous
'wild' ruins of the Anasazi or "Ancient Ones" who lived in this region
some 700 to 1,800 years ago.
|Please do not walk on or touch the ruins**,
they are very fragile and in the last few years have suffered tremendous
erosion due to careless hikers or due to deliberate vandalism.
Do not take any artifact from the ruins and also do not rearrange them. Archeologists can learn much from the exact position an artifact if found.
Enjoy the ruins in the setting you find them in and take a few moments to imagine the life of the Ancient Ones.
** The one exception being Perfect Kiva Ruin in Bullet Canyon that has been rebuilt and strengthened by the Park Service and you can go into its Kiva
Another good Grand
Gulch Rock Art Site.
Natural Bridges National
Sheik's Canyon: (No, I did not name it. Wish I did though!)
Valley of the Gods:
United States Geological Survey: (USGS)
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