|Heading into Mancos Canyon|
|To find the Sun Field, look at the triangle in the center|
|Sun Field- after scrambling up to get a closer look|
|Thiis mound is part of a very large site, probably an administrative center.|
|Pottery sherds- so much information contained in these beautiful pieces of the past|
The Butterfly panel is a series of petroglyphs that have been interpreted by the Hopi (the descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans who lived here) to tell the creation story and the story of the emergence of the people. The point of the shadow moves across the panel, intersecting particular parts of the figures and going beneath other figures. We all listen to the story, and then the sun goes behind a cloud and everything becomes ordinary again. We wait and wander around and look at the sky some more.
It feels good to mark the solstice by learning about these ancient people and walking where they did so long ago. These short days, and all the darkness, are hard. I’m looking forward to more light.
Ute Mountain Tribal Park has regular tours too. I'm usually reluctant to pay for tours, but this was one of the best $20 I've spent in a long time.