This is said to be a very popular hike, but on a Thursday morning in November we had the trail to ourselves until the last mile or so.
|Heading up canyon we took a side trail to check out the creek and surprised a couple of white tailed deer.|
We heard later that they are generally very elusive and we were lucky to have seen them!
|Red Rocks peeking out from the hillsides at the start of the trail. Notice the dark rock layer at the top of the hill,|
Indian pueblos were once a part of that layer.
|Evidence of the former inhabitants of the area. Keep your eyes peeled for these, they are not easy to find!|
This had to have fallen from the top of the hill where the black rock layer is.
|About 3 miles in the canyon narrows considerably and the trail climbs gently |
up into the red rocks.
|Love how the forces of nature have etched this pocket of sandstone!|
|Just before we dropped down to creek level we noticed how the creek perfectly|
bisects these trees.
|At Bells Crossing the canyon towers over the creek. |
This serene oasis was a good place to relax for a while and be at peace.
|On our return we spotted another piece of native art.|
I wonder if our next stop, Montezuma Castle, may have been represented here.
It is just a few miles down the road...