|Looking down into Salt Creek Canyon from Cathedral Butte Trailhead.|
|After descending a thousand feet, it's smooth walking on the Salt Creek Trail|
|Kirk’s Cabin build by a rancher in the 1890’s|
|Clear flowing water near Kirk's Cabin|
|Our campsite, SC1, had sprawling shade trees perfect for an afternoon nap|
|Finally reaching a wash below the arch, which provides some easy walking.|
|Turn around spot.|
|Also spot a lizard with bright blue markings. Might be a plateau fence lizard.|
|Sunset watching spot above Kirk's Cabin.|
Which I think captures the essence of what I love most about sleeping out under the stars, and rambling bushwhacks— it feels like playing. Like being connected with the joy of the outdoors without the barriers of the tent, without fiddling with Fancy Gear, without having to follow some predefined path to get to somewhere in particular. Without having to be anything but ourselves.
Backcountry permits are required in Canyonlands National Park. Follow all backcountry regulations required to protect this fragile and very beautiful environment. We carried our food in a bear canister and packed out our poop.