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    Memorial Weekend, San Rafael Swell

    I spent Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Weekend in the San Rafael Swell. My family and a friend camped on Buckhorn Flat at the base of Cedar Mountain. We covered about 120 miles on the ATVs throughout the weekend, hitting some places close to camp and also riding to Box Flat and Buckhorn Wash and Calf Canyon.



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    I pulled into camp on Thursday evening, and after setting up, went for a short ride. We checked out some rock art and an abandoned school bus that had been converted into a camper.


    Petroglyphs




    School bus






    Our campsite


    Petroglyphs at camp




    Power lines across Buckhorn Flat



    On Friday, we rode down Buckhorn Wash to check out the rock art panel, then headed up Calf Canyon. There was a trickle of water flowing through Calf Canyon, and there we saw some toads and a bat. The canyon was mighty green and it looked very inviting to hike further up-canyon past the end of the road.


    Globemallow at the Buckhorn rock art panel


    Buckhorn pictographs




    Toads in Calf Canyon


    Bat in Calf Canyon






    A pond in Calf Canyon


    End of the road in Calf Canyon




    Pine Canyon


    Cactus growing on a boulder back at camp


    Friday evening sunset



    Saturday was a long, fun-filled day. We rode along the old railroad grade at the base of Cedar Mountain and checked the many petroglyph panels. Then it was a fast jaunt over to Box Flat for lunch, and after eating we explored a nearby cave. After returning to camp that evening, the kids and I hiked up Cedar Mountain above camp.


    Petroglyphs along the base of Cedar Mountain












    Riding along the old railroad grade




    Kiln near the railroad grade


    Culvert under the grade




    Cut along the grade


    Box Flat was surprisingly green


    Above the cave


    I dropped my gear here to explore the cave


    My family waited near the entrance while I went deep inside




    A water course has carved the cave out deep below a thick sandstone layer






    Cave entrance


    Climbing Cedar Mountain above camp











    Sunday was a relatively easy day. We rode to "Hamburger Rocks," then to the end of the road at Hambrick Bottom. On the way back to camp, I stopped to photograph a gopher snake, but it slithered away from me and crawled up into my wife's ATV. It took about 10 minutes to get it to leave. Later in the afternoon, I rode up a gnarly trail on Cedar Mountain north of camp, then took another trail up to Little Cedar Mountain and enjoyed some nice views of Buckhorn Flat.


    Hamburger Rocks








    San Rafael River at Hambrick Bottom




    Gopher snake in the 4-wheeler




    Trail up Cedar Mountain


    Parked above camp


    The main road up Little Cedar Mountain


    Parked near the summit of Little Cedar Mountain


    Pano from Little Cedar


    Torrey at the summit



    Here's the full photo gallery:

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    Nice panels, Dennis. Looks like a nice weekend with family

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    Great TR and pics - THX!

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    Awesome.

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    nice way to spend the weekend !! cool pics to

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    Nice trip report, looks like a lot of fun. The swell sure is green this year!

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    Cool weekend trip report, can't wait to go now. thanks

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    Great TR!


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