|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
This easygoing 3.7-miler tracks west through piñon pine and cholla cactus to a creekbed bound by sheer, 6,000-foot sandstone walls. The trail starts with picturesque views of the canyon and surrounding mountains. (Watch for cottontail rabbits, burros, and bighorn sheep.) Follow the well-marked, dirt trail west for a mile, then veer right for a .2-mile off-trail side trip to a shady grotto along the river bed. During spring months, a season waerfall pours down an overhanging ledge.
After taking in the scene, scramble back to the junction and continue west into the canyon. The outbound route ends after a brief rock scramble where the designated trail ends. For additional mileage, continue west into the canyon for rock scrambling and trail blazing.
-Mapped by Chelise Simmons