- Go to the Welcome Center. It's impossible to miss from 89, going north out of Kanab. Just follow the signs.
- Ask for a tour. Free! There are four every day, and a tour takes about 90 minutes. This is also an easy way to see some beautiful countryside.
- It's all here.
If you like what you see, and you're thinking about volunteering, tell them so when you get back to the front desk. They'll get you set up with a brief orientation time, and then you'll sign up for the department of your choice. Pigs fill up quickly, in an ironic twist.
I Hugged a Cowboy: tales of the Southwest
I have alluded to my fear of horses. We signed up for horse doody on Saturday, which is pretty much like it sounds. You grab some work gloves and a pitchfork, and Ron drives you through the canyon on a Polaris Ranger. We shoveled poop for a cumulative total of maybe 15 minutes, with a tour in-between piles.
I confessed to Ron that I was afraid of horses, and he was very reassuring. He told us how to be with them, and how to fend them off if they got too friendly.
I was inside their pastures STANDING RIGHT BESIDE HORSES. I touched them, and spoke to them, and scritched their necks. I even turned my back on them. Curly Sue followed me to the turd castles to make sure I was doing it right. Rocky got up-close-and-personal with my water bottle to look for the apple-mint treats he was sure I carried.
|Anasazi grain storage facility, and Ron|
|800 - 1000 year-old corn cobs. Don't bother trying to compost them.|
|185,000,000 years ago, giant carnivorous cows roamed Utah. We're lucky enough to have the fossil record.|
|From Hidden Lake|
|Toward Hidden Lake|
|Kanab Creek forms a slot canyon|
|Anasazi hand prints|
|Potsherds. Ron holds some rarer decorated sherds.|
|Silver's Point. Hi-yo Silver! That Silver.|
|Turtle Rock. Yarmulke or beret? [I'm stealing Ron's jokes]|
|Ren was probably a ranch hand, and this is likely his headstone. This is now about seven feet above the ground, and was probably a couple of feet lower in 1883. Next visit, I'll show you Ren.|
|Anasazi dwelling. Bottom half of wall was still intact when it was rediscovered.|
If you get here to work, just don't miss the "horse tour." Ron loves showing people this stuff, and most people (us) wouldn't know to ask about it.