Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region
by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)
© Ron Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The hike starts dramatically by descending steeply down the slickrock drainage of sandstone with stairstep like contours from the 170 million year old pertrified sand dune that formed Cedar Mesa and the surrounding areas. As we descended the steepest section of slickrock, there was a partially intact Kiva with two adjacent chambers tucked into an alcove on our right We soon reached the floor of Owl Canyon and headed downstream for Nevill's Arch. There were several small Anasazi structures visible up high on the South facing canyon walls. The hike was beautiful as we wound down thru the canyon. There were several pools along the way. The trail follows the creekbed for the most part and is relatively flat. After about 3 miles of hiking, Nevill's Arch became visible up high on our left. It was quite a spectacular setting. There were some barely visible cliff dwellings up near the arch. What an incredible setting this must have been 700 years ago, having naturally sculptured Nevills Arch as your own personal artwork in the front yard! After enjoying the view of the arch over lunch, we started hiking back up to the rim. Our return 4-mile hike was equally enjoyable, with the temperature in the mid 60's.
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