Waterpockets, Ponderosas & Petroglyphs

Begining with views over pristine canyons and mesas, we then drop steeply into a slickrock canyon, zigzagging along slickrock “sidewalks” at the base of crossbeds created by ancient sanddunes and the seams between “dinner-roll structures”. Reaching the canyon bottom, we are rewarded by dozens of large waterpockets surrounded by Ponderosa pines. Skirting around dry waterfalls, we make our way to a stream that cascades over black boulders. Near the stream, an overhang is etched with dozens of petroglyphs and the ground is littered with flakes of chert – ancient peoples probably worshipped this special spot. Circling across vegetated sand dunes, we might be lucky enough to find an arrowhead or two (that we will of course leave where we found it – “take only pictures…”. The route up a slickrock ridge with ironstone hoodoos is steep but provides more awesome views as we climb back to the trailhead.