On Day 4 we headed up Clear Creek Canyon to see some anasazi ruins and Cheyava Falls
These were blooming all through the canyon - pretty!
Once again, it's a day of creek crossings
Looking up Clear Creek Canyon towards Thor Temple
Rock walls near Ottoman Amphitheater
The first set of Anasazi (ancentral Pueblo) ruins are here
Me at the ruins, next to a granary and metates
Collection at this site done in 1987 by the Gila Pueblo
Paige signs the visitor register
Metates (grinding stones)
View from the 'front porch'
They farmed the green canyon below
Petrified corn in the site indicates that it might have been farmed there
We found them collected in piles throughout the site. The NPS guide requests that you don't do this.
Bones (deer?) and corn
Dave enjoys the view from the 'front porch'
Old crumbling walls
Walls and doorstep
A shaded location
Back at the beginning
Dave, with Obi canyon behind him.
Leaving the site
Take a random route and try to use rocks - this prevents use trails and erosion at the site
Looking down Clear Creek Canyon from near the ruins site
Time to work our way up the canyon further to Cheyava Falls
John braves the forest of cactus
Paige takes in the tall canyon walls
The Beautiful Clear Creek (even if it isn't clear)
David takes the creek route and I'm on 'shore' staying dry
But not for long
A perfect day in Clear Creek Canyon
Our first view of Cheyava Falls in the distance
Cheyava (Native American word for 'intermittent') only flows a few weeks a year - we were fortunate to hit it at the right time!
The red walls of a side canyon
Getting closer to Cheyava now
We've lost any semblance of a trail and have to bushwhack our way to the falls
The falls don't fall from the cliff above - they come from a cave (underground source)
Just before the falls we saw these ruins (granaries) on our right
A better idea of scale
A ranger at Bright Angel told us that the water we are seeing here is a few years old - it is not this year's snow melt.
When the snow melts, it seeps into the ground and displaces previous years' water, which then squirts out the cave and turns into Cheyava Falls
These are the tallest falls in the Grand canyon
There is a person in this picture - see him?
Dave climbed up the scree to the right of the falls and was on his way down when I took this picture.
The 'small' lower falls