Little Wild Horse Canyon is a fun hike, a slot canyon near Goblin Valley in the San Rafael Swell.
Standing here you are standing on a limestone layer of the Carmel formation, which formed in an ancient inland sea. The is was sea that covered the giant sand dunes that eventually turned to massive deposits of Navajo Sandstone. The formation is prevalent across the Colorado Plateau. Here at the San Rafael Swell, erosion has cut the Navajo Sandstone into great white monoliths, knobs, and canyons bearing names such as Ghost Rock, Locomotive Point, Joe and his Dog, Eagle Canyon, and Temple Mountain. A good eye can see how the rock layers dip slightly to the west. Eventually the monoliths will become knobs, the knobs will become mounds, and the mounds will succumb to erosion and disappear. The great cliff you now stand atop will also be worn away a grain at a time and “the hills will be made low.”
(Located at the Eagle Canyon View Area on I-70)
I met a guy named Vaughn Reid randomly today, he was from Clawson and shocked that I had even heard of it. I told him about how much I love that area, how I liked the Moore Cutoff and everything about the Swell.
While talking to him he mentioned that if I’m ever in Clawson I should stop by, he told me that he had a place you couldn’t miss, that there was a giant arrow stuck in the hill and a bunch of crazy UFO stuff and a cool antique museum he made.
I got curious later and looking him up, here’s a few pictures I found in some articles about him and his friend Rich Fairbanks.
I’ll go visit and take my own pictures, (update, click here for when I actually went there) but until then here’s what I saw at first glance online:
Bert Mesa was a really fun and interesting place to explore. We came off the highway at about N 38.15751 W 110.62134 and went east through Adobe Swale to Burr Point, from there we had to struggle to drive down the cliffs to Bert Mesa, I’m no jeeping pro so it was pretty iffy.
Coming down from Burr Point was quite the adventure, we actually had to improve the road to get the some of the vehicles to make it.
Burr Point road improvements
Once we made it down we explored and went over to the eastern edge to look 1,000+ feet down and see the amazing view of the Dirt Devil River below.
This is such a remote, lonely and beautiful area.
– Exploring Bert Mesa –
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