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- Distance: 5.4
Location: 37.368350982666, -110.943542480469
From Escalante River, head SE into mouth of explorer canyon, navigating S around island
Location: 37.369945526123, -110.934608459473
Tie off at waterline; begin short hike into Explorer Canyon, a tantalizing window into the mysterious world of the Fremont people where hikers pass three sites of rock carvings that depict human forms in a variety of poses. This canyon once contained rockslabs footprinted by dinosaurs.
Location: 37.3718795776367, -110.92960357666
Fremont Petroglyphs; archaeologists believe that Fremont people inhabited this region from 400 A.D. to 1350 A.D., living a seminomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle that many have ended with the coming of a decades-long drought like the one some scientists think is underway now.
Location: 37.3787879943848, -110.917259216309
Sitting between the first two petroglyph panels is Zane Grey Arch, in a small box canyon to the north. This canyon leads to the last carvings and an insurmountable pour-off. Several springs that feed the creek begin here. Below, there’s good camping amid oak trees
Location: 37.3831787109375, -110.908348083496
Proceed past small cascades, often visited by deer, to upper end of Canyon where a sheer-walled pool marks turn-around.
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Location: 37.3722190856934, -110.928993225098