28 October, 2011

Halloween 2011

October 22 - 31, 2011

The Crazy Cat Lady
Masquerade at Studio Soiree
Masquerade at Studio Soiree
The Cat Lady is on the prowl again.
Witches Ball at Bar Deluxe
Witches Ball at Bar Deluxe
Witches Ball at Bar Deluxe
Witches Ball at Bar Deluxe
Witches Ball at Bar Deluxe
Witches Ball at Bar Deluxe
Witches Ball at Bar Deluxe
Witches Ball at Bar Deluxe 
House of Colors at W Lounge

21 October, 2011

Buckhorn Wash Rock Art Panel & More

I drove along the Cottonwood Wash / Buckhorn Wash Roads on the 16th of October, 2011. There was a lot to see along this stretch of road. 

"While this sounds like two different roads, it is actually one single continuous road. The San Rafael River is the boundary-Buckhorn Wash north of the River, Cottonwood Wash to the south. The southern section, Cottonwood Wash, is a wide-open rolling high desert, with low rocky bluffs studded with distant towering buttes. This road is well maintained and is generally a safe road to drive. The Buckhorn Wash portion of this route is especially scenic, with canyon walls rising many hundreds of feet above you, Native American rock art panels, a well-preserved dinosaur track and more."

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Me out wondering the desert
Mile 10 Mile 18.3
To the west, slender Bottleneck Peak rises to an elevation of 6401 feet above sea level.

Mile 9.2 Mile 19.1
This is the bridge over the San Rafael River, and it is the boundary between Cottonwood Wash and Buckhorn Wash roads. Just to the south of the river is the San Rafael Recreation Area campground, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. It offers many campsites, picnic tables, fire rings and pit toilets. There is no drinking water available. North of the river are many sandy primitive campsites under the cottonwood trees. The swinging bridge, located to the west, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938 and was the only bridge over the river until the early 1990s. Though you can no longer drive on it, it is perfectly safe to walk on.
The San Rafael Swinging Bridge

Charlie Brown walking across the bridge with me
Me on the Historic San Rafael Swinging Bridge
Brownie out wondering the desert
Mile 5.5 Mile 22.7
One of the highlights of the entire San Rafael Swell is the mysterious Buckhorn Wash pictograph panel. There are some faint petroglyphs here, but the red pictograph figures are the stars of this site! The main panel was painted over 2,000 years ago by the Barrier Canyon culture. Learn more about the Barrier Canyon culture and how they made pictographs and petroglyphs. There is also a boulder with the names of the same CCC boys that built the swinging bridge over the San Rafael River carved into it. There is a pit toilet at this location.

Mile 2.3 Mile 25.9
There is a cattle guard here. Just south of the cattle guard is a parking area. Park there, and notice the trail heading to the east, up a steep hill. There is a large panel of petroglyphs at the end of this short trail.

Me in front of the rock art
Mile 2.1 Mile 26.1
To the east of the road a short distance is an interesting petroglyph. It can be hard to spot, so look for a series of bullet holes where some fool shot his initials (TKG) onto the cliff. Look left of those for a large, light colored crack running vertically. The petroglyph is just left of the crack.

Mile 1.6 Mile 26.6
A very clear and large dinosaur track can, with a little searching, be found here. On the east side of the road is a ledge of sandstone about 10 to 15 feet above the road. There are several paths up to the ledge. Once on top of the ledge, look for a larger flat area of bare sandstone at your feet. The footprint is on this large sandstone area, although you may have to move some flat rocks to uncover it.

Mile 0 Mile 28.3
You are at the intersection with the Green River Cutoff Road. West will take you to Castledale and Highway 10, east will lead you to US Highway 6.

The End... heading for home.

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The Head of Sinbad Pictographs

I visited the Head of Sinbad site on the 16th of October, 2011. It was a little tricky to find. There was one sign that said "Head of Sinbad, 5 miles --->" and that was it. The rest is all BLM trail markers. I found the road that went southwest and then back northwest and went under the freeway, after that it got confusing. The road, or should I say trail, gets very narrow and isn't well taken care of. Needless to say, I probably shouldn't have been taking my 4 door sedan on this road, but I did any ways! 

The Head of Sinbad is the Barrier Canyon style of pictographs.
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And the adventure begins....

My car somewhere it probably shouldn't be.

While I was somewhat lost and backtracking, I came across some heavily damaged and faded pictographs to the east of the Head of Sinbad.

I found it! I found it! The Head of Sinbad!!!

Interesting pictographs to the left of the Head of Sinbad.

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Directions to this site:

Head of Sinbad: From http://climb-utah.com/SRS/srra.htm
          This area contains two pictograph panels often referred to as "Head of Sinbad".   You will also want to visit "Dutchman Arch" if you are in the area.   The pictographs are in very good condition and have not been vandalized.   Dutchman Arch was named after a Dutchman who worked cattle in the area.
Location:The San Rafael Swell is criss-crossed with roads.  Stay on the road described until told to turn off of it.
          Take I-70 to Exit 131 (mile marker 131). From the cattle guard on the south side of the underpass, follow the graded dirt road signed U24/Goblin Valley/Temple Mountain, for 3.9 miles.  Take the right (west) fork for 1.0 mile to a tee.  Turn right (west) and travel 1.7 miles to a fork.   Take the right (north) fork for 2.3 miles to the concrete underpass under I-70 and a BLM sign.
          The BLM sign is located at a major road junction of the San Rafael Swell known as the "Head of Sinbad".  From the BLM sign, you must travel north, under I-70 using the concrete underpass.  On the North side of I-70 the dirt road forks.

          The left fork leads to Dutchman's Arch, which is approximately 3/4 mile from the underpass.   To reach the arch follow the left fork for 1/4 mile until you reach an intersection.  Turn Left (west) at the intersection and follow the road to Dutchman Arch (GPS Coordinates N38 52' 21", W110 47' 17").  The arch is easy to find and sits 50' to the right of the dirt road.

          From the concrete underpass The right fork leads to the center of a long rock butte known as "Locomotive Point" which is approximately 1 1/2 miles from the underpass.  To reach the Head of Sinbad pictographs follow the right fork for 1/4 mile until you reach a tee.  Turn right (east) at the tee and follow the main road.  The panels are located near the center, on the south side of Locomotive Point (GPS Coordinates N38 52' 48", W110 46' 13").   There are two Barrier Style pictograph panels enclosed inside a log BLM fence.
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