Roy and I just enjoy visiting for the rock art; always scanning the walls for something we'd not seen before. One elusive creature has been the mammoth; supposedly two of them are there. In this post, we found the area, but only could make out one of the mammoths. Of course we had to return to find the other and complete this exciting journey; that will be my part two of this adventure.
1/2 mile in, 1/2 mile out on an easy trail.
The rock art begins immediately; ancient drawings and carvings, and regrettably gouged in initials by some 20th/21st century numbskulls. As many times it is said and posted, "Do not touch, do not leave any trace", there is someone with a huge ego who thinks he/she/they are so very special that they must leave their mark. Well, one more time, enjoy looking, but leave it alone. 'nuff said!
Much has also faded over time.
By the way, clicking on the photos themselves will enlarge them for better viewing.
Besides looking for rock art, I personally enjoy looking up high up to see if I can find any ruin sites, or just what Mother Nature decided to sculpt with the elements.
The area where the mammoth carvings were found is fenced off, but the use of a good zoom lens will bring them into focus. We didn't know where on the walls to look, or what exactly we were looking for, so only found the one mammoth easily. The other is a bit more difficult to find, and you'll see it when I write up part two.
|Mammoth Outlined in Orange Color|
|More Ornate Human Figures|
There are many, many depictions of human figures, animals, spirals, and one humanoid figure strongly resembles the figure on the Wolfman Panel found on Comb Ridge, Lower Butler Wash area.(http://www.southwestbrowneyes.com/2014/09/wolfman-panel-and-ruins-comb-ridge-part.html ) Since Sand Island is not far from the Lower Butler Wash road, it's not surprising to find similar rock art drawings in the Bluff area.
|Male Deer or Elk|
|Antelopes & Spirals|
|Far left humanoid figure resembles figure of Wolfman Panel|
|Horses, some with Riders|
At the end of the half mile trail, the sandstone is easy to climb up onto and the view of the San Juan River is wonderful! There is a trail leading into a side canyon, but as you can see from the photos, the sky was cloudy. It began to rain after we left Sand Island, so good thing we didn't trek further into an unknown area.When we were there, a lone Canadian Goose was calling to its mate; we waited and waited with it, but its mate didn't come. It finally left and we felt sad for its loneliness.
|Lonesome Canadian Goose|
Claret Cup Cacti grow on the ledges in Sand Canyon; some so large, they hang over the edge.
Here's the end to Part One of our search for the Sand Island Mammoth carvings. I have over 200 photos to go through for Part Two, so you know we found that other mammoth, and, perhaps, other interesting items. Hope you're a follower of this travel blog, so you'll know when it's finally posted?