David walking down the path towards the false kiva
Desert soil and sky
The key for finding the False Kiva is to know where to start. There is no signed trailhead or parking, but if you know where to go there is a nicely worn path leading across the desert.
But don't look up too long or you'll walk into these guys. Ouch.
It is flat, straightforward desert navigation and scenery for the majority of the hike.
The trail leads down a small canyon. Avoid the dry falls by following cairns.
Eventually you'll reach the canyon rim. Continue following the trail/cairns as it drops over the edge.
Across from us, I can see the small cave that holds the false kiva. The trail is not evident from here but I keep following the one in front of me one step at a time.
Canyonlands is fantastic.
The false kiva is above us in the cave above the rubbe.
No shortage of interesting rocks and views on the way to the kiva.
The trail still isn't evident from a distance but I keep going.
The trail passes below the kiva on some narrow ledges. Watch your step!
We scramble up through the rocks and the dirt to the sheltered overhand just beyond the kiva. From here, we scramble through the rubble into the kiva.
Inside the sheltered area we find several photographers waiting for the afternoon light.
And this view. Fantastic.
It's a beautiful, magical place!
False Kiva in the afternoon light
Looking around, we find really interesting patterns in the rock fractures. These were huge cracks above the kiva.
Heading back - the trail from the rim to the kiva goes through this stuff.
Canyonlands in the late afternoon
Mesa Arch, late afternoon