As with any rock art or ruin sites; the only trace you should leave is your footprints. No carving on the walls, take photographs, enjoy the beauty, but don't mess it up; these rock art panels are pages from an ancient history book.
First a little backtracking, from Newspaper Rock, go west for 1.8 miles (according to my odometer), you'll see a pull in area on your left. U-turn carefully and park in the pull in area; the far eastern point is where you'll see the trail leading downwards. We did this in April and Indian Creek had water in it; so walk carefully over the rock trail in the creek as it could be slick. Having a walking stick will also help get you down and out of the creek itself.
Erosion on the dry wash walls.
By the way, at the start was the only trail marker in the area. To find the easy way up, it's about 100-200 feet depending if you are counting from the pull-in area, or from the one trail marker. Otherwise it is a half mile to the pillar, so keep your eye on it to keep on the path; there is a path that leads off to a canyon area to the left (wrote about that on Sept. 3rd as well).
|Trail continues to the right
|Trail to the left is another section of Shay Canyon
|More dry wash erosion
|The path goes upward and can be confusing
|Yucca, Cacti and Penstemon
The trail along the canyon walls starts to the right of the pillar.
The Rock Art begins immediately and goes on for a half mile; just as you think you've seen it all, around the corner, behind a tree or boulder, there is another astounding grouping of drawings.
|Large sized prickly pear cacti line much of the trail.
|The Walls are flaking, so rock art is being lost. Don't touch the walls as the oils from your hands could do more damage.
The trail itself is sometimes easy to follow, sometimes you have to ease around boulders, or squeeze between a huge rock section and the wall itself. Whatever you do, do NOT get discouraged or think you can't do it.
|Yes, I did make it all the way up and across!
Roy took these photos of me, he's very proud of what I have, and am still, accomplishing.
Back to more amazing rock art...
|Roy Taking a Break
...and this concludes the first part of this advenure, 45 photos! The next part will have 40 more photos of rock art and landscape within Shay Canyon.