Cedar Mesa for Thanksgiving

IntrepidXJ

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Thursday - Sunday, November 27-30, 2014

For Thanksgiving this year, Diane and I decided to spend a nice relaxing weekend on Cedar Mesa and we really lucked out with nice weather all weekend. The high temperatures were in the upper 50's during the day and low temperatures only dropped into the mid-30's at night. We had camped in colder temperatures in the mountains during the summer! The campground at Natural Bridges National Monument made a perfect base-camp for us, which also happened to be free during the winter months and was a nice surprise. Diane had prepared a nice Thanksgiving dinner that we ate next to the campfire on Thursday night. The rest of the weekend we hiked in search of ruins and rock art. We ended up visiting many ruins that I had been to a long time ago and that Diane had never been to before, which allowed me to try and get some better photos of them. We explored a few new areas, too. Enjoy the photos from our weekend!


White Canyon
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The White Man pictograph.


White Man
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Hiking under Sipapu Bridge.


Sipapu Bridge
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Many reverse handprints in a very large alcove.


Many Hands
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Beautiful hiking in White Canyon.


Trickle
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This little pictograph of a sheep looks like it was created with fingerprints of paint.


Fingerprint Sheep
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Canyon Hike
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Addition
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These double-decker ruins were pretty cool. The roof/floor between the levels was even still intact.


Double-Decker
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Pink sky over Cedar Mesa.


Natural Bridges Sky
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Reflection in Road Canyon.


Reflecting Pool
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The two handprints at the top are some of the biggest I have ever seen. They were almost as big as my hands, which is unusual since most of the handprints I come across are much smaller.


Big Hands
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Hidden in the Shadows
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We caught some nice warm sunset light on the next few ruins and petroglyphs.


Oval Ruin
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Sunset Light
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Circles Sunset Panel
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Last of the light.


End of Light
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The Oven Ruin.


Oven Ruin
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I like how this ruin was constructed with large sandstone slabs.


Slabs
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We visited the well-known Fallen Roof Ruins. It has been many years since I was at these ruins, so it was nice to get better photos.


Fallen Roof Ruins
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One Room
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Two dancer petroglyphs on the top of a large boulder.


Two Dancers
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I love the little pictographs painted inside the structure.


Kachina Ruins
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Hiking under Kachina Bridge.


Kachina Bridge
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This is definitely one of my favorite petroglyph panels in the area.


Spiral Panel
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Ruin Rock
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A lot of atlatls and a big sheep.


Big Sheep
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A small arch we hiked by that we are referring to as the Hidden Window, since it has no official name.


Hidden Window
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I'll finish off with a sunset photo of the Bear Ears, prominent landmarks on Cedar Mesa and the surrounding area.


Bears Ears
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Glasterpiece

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Beautiful. I would love to see your photographic interpretation of Moon House.
 

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Is the Fallen Roof Ruins the same as the House on Fire Ruin? I've never been there, but from pictures I've seen, it looks similar.
 

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Is the Fallen Roof Ruins the same as the House on Fire Ruin? I've never been there, but from pictures I've seen, it looks similar.

No, they are different ruins. House on Fire is in Mule Canyon, Fallen Roof is in Road Canyon
 

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Hiking the Bridges remains one of the greatest paths I've ever followed. Whether it was the light, the history, or whatever the three times I've been there its been nothing short of Magic. With all due respect to the throngs that love wind scoured Arches as opposed to the cottonwoods framing the Bridges sculpted by water IMO these are the greatest Arches. Yeah, their different. Spans?

Thanks so much for sharing. I bet there are other photos of the Bridges on here this pointandshootaramus is gonna love.
 
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