I tend to avoid state parks, but after seeing so many WOW photos and being an opportunist, it was impossible to say no. I’d spent the previous few days at Mojave National Preserve and then traveled along Lake Mead where I was lucky to catch this fantastic sunrise from my dispersed campsite.
It seems everyone knows about THE wave in the Vermilion Cliffs of Arizona. Access to THE wave requires patience, planning and persistence, all things I avoid. I knew the lighting wasn’t ideal, but I decided to check out this 1.5-2 mile round-trip hike.
I was underimpressed with this 1-mile round trip hike. I didn’t take any photos until the end where you are supposed to get a panoramic view of multi-colored sandstone. No WOW view nor multiple colors in my opinion, so the best I could do was capture an arch like shot.
Mouse’s Tank (Petroglyph Canyon)
All that was lacking on the Rainbow Vista Trail was more than made up for on the 1 mile round-trip hike on Mouse’s Tank Trail. When you look around you see lots of varnished walls, but look closer and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.
Some art is harder to find than others. You could easily spend days and weeks scouring these canyons. This particular hike is a treasure trove. I took tons of photos as I climbed into nooks and crannies.
At the end of the canyon is Mouse’s Tank, a pot hole of water, extremely difficult to access. Maybe the name is because only a mouse can access it? But alas according to the handout, it was named for an outlaw who used the area as a hideout in the 1890’s.
. . . to be continued
- March 8, 2018
- Valley of Fire State Park
- Nice reminder of their LNT philosophy
- Heat is a serious consideration when hiking in the desert
- Be aware and knowledgeable of biological soil.
- Showers are available at the truck stop in St George
- Of course there are plenty of choices for good eats like this from Big Bear Diner.