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Grand Gulch and The Grand Canyon: Two Back-Country Adventures

For the last few years now, I’ve been able to take a week off, usually in April, for a week-long backpacking trip with the same group of friends to some southern Utah locale.  It is something I start looking forward … Continue reading

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Pining for Chaco Canyon

Situated in a dry, isolated canyon in northeastern New Mexico, Chaco Culture National Historic Park is both a destination for those seeking solitude (unlike other, more “accessible” National Parks, according to the NPS Chaco only sees around 45,000 visitors annually) … Continue reading

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A Trip to Long Fingers Ruin

In May of this year we met with a couple of friends from Seattle, Nancy and Pokey, and headed up Butler Wash to do some hiking on Comb Ridge.  This particular day our goal was Long Fingers Ruin–a medium sized, … Continue reading

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Two Pictograph Sites in Southern Utah

There are literally thousands of petroglyph and pictograph sites in the Four Corners area.  I just revisited two of them this last weekend.  One painted on the roof and wall of an alcove overlooking a small canyon bottom; the other … Continue reading

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The “Vitruvian” House vs. The “Prudden Unit”

I’m in the mood to compare apples to oranges.  What better way than by looking at two site types that occurred roughly during the same time periods, but on opposite sides of the world.  There is a common site type you … Continue reading

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Roadside Ruins ie. Drive-by Archaeology…

I’ve had people ask me if there are any archaeological sites to visit that don’t require “hiking”.  My first instinct is to ask “Why wouldn’t you want to take a nice hike?  That’s part of the fun!”  Well, for many, hiking isn’t … Continue reading

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