|Ancestral Puebloans built this.|
|What will be around the next bend?|
|Way over there.|
|Anything up there?|
But then I remember I have my "Junior Ranger" patch on my pack, so I can't just leave it... because, you know, the junior ranger oath. And cause I've started volunteering here so I'm caring more about this place as I learn more about it, and also most importantly, cause it's the right thing to do.
|Double bagging the dog poop to carry it out.|
The switchbacks tightly zigzag up a sunny slope through boulders.
|Almost to the rim.|
Ravens circle, then swoop above. Their shadows dance along the rocks.
Thank goodness there are still places to find this much silence.
Sand Canyon Trail is 6.5 miles one way from the lower trailhead to Sand Canyon Pueblo. My app calculated that with all the spurs and exploring around Sand Canyon Pueblo the total mileage was 14.5ish miles.
Stop by the Anasazi Heritage Center before you go to visit the museum and pick up the trail guide.
This trail can be popular so arrive early because parking is limited. Or go during the dead of winter during the week and see no one (like I did).
No matter what, respect this place and do your part to preserve it for future generations. Stick to the trails to avoid creating confusing social trails and to avoid killing the delicate cryptobiotic soil crust. Leave all artifacts where you find them.