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    Dragonfly Canyon

    For our second incursion of the weekend into the Canyonlands region, the group did a shorter ride and longer hike than we'd done the previous day to the Harvest Scene. The objective this time was Dragonfly Canyon, where we visited several caves/alcoves and the fabulous Dragonfly pictograph panel. We parked the bikes and hiked quite a distance before actually dropping into the canyon. Once in the watercourse it was fairly easy hiking, though we encountered many full pools of water along the way.




    Parking spot



    Hiking into the canyon



    Sundog



    Wild burros



    Dragonfly Canyon



    One of many pools in the canyon





    The first point of interest that we visited was a pair of alcoves that held some granaries and rock art. The alcove on the left contained many slab-lined granaries, along with some inscriptions and grinding stones. The right alcove revealed a small incised glyph on a ground-smooth surface on the ceiling. There were a few other similar prepared surfaces but with no glyphs on them. A couple more grinding stones were present in the second alcove.




    Two alcoves that each hold something special



    Ooh, a pretty rock!



    E. Musselman, 10-24-??



    Grinding stone



    Slab-lined granary



    Fingerprint details in the mortar



    Slab-lined granary



    Alan in the second alcove



    Grinding stone



    View out the alcove



    Incised figure





    After leaving the twin alcoves, we stayed high and contoured above the bottom of the canyon, which allowed us to spot another cave/alcove. We wouldn't have seen it from the main watercourse of Dragonfly Canyon. This one required some climbing to access it, made easier by earlier sheepherders who had stacked dead trees against the cliff. Both inside and outside the alcove were inscriptions from early sheepherders, along with yet more grinding stones left by the Fremont or perhaps earlier cultures. Quite unusual was, among signed and dated inscriptions, the words "LOOK OUT" inscribed faintly among the other writings.




    Another alcove in the distance



    Climbing into the alcove



    P. Moynier 1904



    Climbing into the alcove



    Grinding stone



    H. Moynier 1937



    Joe Lavigne 1910 (with "LOOK OUT" above)



    A. Carnier 1910



    Eddyjo Ekker 1941 28 August



    J. Garnier 1910





    Along the way to our final planned stop I spotted an unusual petroglyph on a boulder in the bottom of the canyon. It consisted of a long horizontal line with two curving diagonal lines, one of which had a couple of small bisecting lines. A map, perhaps? On the final stretch toward the Dragonfly panel I found a Canon polarizer and a fairly large four-point deer antler, both of which I packed out of the canyon. I thoroughly enjoyed my second visit to the Dragonfly panel. Once again, I spent more time admiring the rock art than just taking photos of it. The tiny details still amazed me, however.




    Unusual petroglyph on a boulder in the watercourse



    Dragonfly panel



    Dragonflies



    Dragonfly and another figure



    Holding a tiny animal figure



    Whispering weiner dog



    Antennae figure



    Insect



    Rabbit



    Dragonfly and another tiny figure



    Slab-lined granaries





    During the long hike out of the canyon the group spotted at least a couple of other spots that would be worthy of exploration. We didn't have time to check them out on this trip, but they're on my to-do list for future explorations.




    Hiking out of the canyon



    Another alcove that we had to pass up



    Seep below a large overhang



    My shadow on the exit hike





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