Nice ad-hoc rock and charcoal mosaic at Owl Canyon campground in Rainbow Basin
Our campsite at Owl canyon. It looks like they've recently renovated the campground with all kinds of new equipment - grills, firepits, bathrooms. Nice!
Human figures at Black Canyon
Sheep+Man glyph at Black Canyon
An old well along a 4x4 road near Black Canyon. Water in the bottom, about 20 feet down.
Miscellaneous abstract glyphs and Inscription Canyon
Hmm, a basketball team game plan?
Snake or rain?
Sheep and corn figures
Lots of sheep here
It's theorized that many of these glyphs were made by a shaman in a trance-like state.
Inscription Canyon glyph - star or sun.
More abstract art. Note: many of these glyph photos have been darkened to reveal detail in the art.
I read that the red color around this sheep is mold residue from an attempted casting of the glyph.
Inscription Canyon, about 200 yds long.
More abstract shapes
These glyphs were more worn away. They could be older, or maybe they are just in a position that faces the elements more often.
Inscription Canyon from above. Note: this location is not accessible in a sedan. 4x4/high clearance recommended. The roads were okay when we passed in our stock trailblazer, but mud and sand could make things really interesting really fast.
Ornate sheep (head is to the right, hard to see in this shot) and blanket patterns?
After Inscription Canyon we headed East down I15 to Afton Canyon (Mojave Road). The Mojave River was just high enough that we didn't want to risk crossing solo in our 4x4, so we set up camp and took a ~7 mile hike down the Mojave Road to Spooky Canyon.
Colors in Afton Canyon
An old railroad bridge and the new one to the right. The railroad through here is still active and many trains passed while we were there.
One of the railroad bridges where it crosses over the Mojave River.
The River emerges from underground here in Afton Canyon.
Colors at one of the river crossings
We walk down the mojave road while a train passes by.
Mud walls in Afton Canyon
There were so many colors in this canyon
The current bridges and tracks were labelled 1928.
The Mojave Road and old mining ruins on the mountain in the distance
Colors and the sandy canyon
A 4x4 comes up the mojave road
Spooky Canyon - a small side slot canyon that fades into a cave
Sunset swirls - we walked back to the car during sunset. It was beautiful!
A sandy and wide stretch of the Mojave Road