Category Archive: archaeology

Santa Clara Petroglyphs

After a morning of chores Tom and I decided to take advantage of the cool, cloudy weather to head down to the desert and see a petroglyph site he’d recently heard of. Located… Continue reading

Petroglpyhs and Dinosaur Tracks in Parowan Canyon

Parowan Gap, a 3-mile long wind gap first cut into the bedrock by an ancient river, is an interesting geological feature that has long attracted visitors, from migrating prehistoric tribes to Mormon pioneers… Continue reading

Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument showcases some of the finest masonry of any Ancestral Puebloan sites, in particular the Square Tower Group, Hovenweep Castle, and other dwellings and structures of Little Ruin Canyon. These structures… Continue reading

Ancestral Puebloan Ruins of Mule Canyon and Butler Wash

The areas in and around Mule Canyon house a treasure trove of Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, pit houses, and granaries. The most famous of these, House on Fire, is a often-photographed single room… Continue reading

Fiddlers Canyon and a Hike Up Ash Creek Canyon in Dixie National Forest

The hike in Fiddler’s Canyon was really only supposed to be a morning dog walk, but it got more complicated – and more scenic – and so deserves to have a few photos… Continue reading

Return to Canyon de Chelly and a Jeep Tour of the Canyon  Floor

Our next stop was at Canyon de Chelly, a place I was really enthusiastic about returning to after my trip there in December (blog posts here and here). As I gushed about previously,… Continue reading

Hikes in Gila National Forest, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, and the Old Mining Town of Pinos Altos

After leaving Las Cruces we began heading west on a roundabout route back to Utah. Our first stop was for a few days hiking in Gila National Forest, a visit to the Gila… Continue reading

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Two days after Christmas we left Utah, traveling south for an 11-week trip. After a full day of driving we made our first stop at Casa Grande National Monument, a Hohokam archaeological site… Continue reading

Wupatki National Monument

Following the eruption of Sunset Volcano in the 11th century, thousands of prehistoric people came to settle on the high plains north of modern Flagstaff immediately surrounding the 1,000-foot cinder cone. Within this… Continue reading

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Like Homol’ovi, Walnut Canyon tells another part of the great migration stories of the peoples who lived in the Southwest in the 11th – 15th centuries. Following the volcanic eruption that created Sunset… Continue reading