Oh. Well I thought I had already blogged it up about this backpacking trip to Grand Gulch Primitive Area in Southern Utah, but apparently, nope. So here you go, just a few months later. Canyonlands (one of my favorite places ever) was the top choice, but it was time to try something a little different. Grand Gulch was pretty badass, I was glad to switch it up.
Ruins! RUINS! Everywhere. Really, everywhere. And this is one of the places you are able to actually climb up there and check those bad boys out. Pretty cool, guys. Grand Gulch is a series of canyons and mesas and good stuff like that. In addition to tons of ruins (Ancestral Puebloan- 700-2,000 years ago), there are tons of petroglyphs and rock art wherever you look. (If you're observant, that is). Overwhelming, honestly. Our mileage wasn't too high because there was so much to check out and so many places to explore. Not a bad thing.
There were a ridiculous amount of side canyons to explore and even with 5 days there, it didn't cut it. It's great that it's legal and even encouraged to check out the ruins at Grand Gulch, and considering that fact, they are in pretty decent shape- but still, there are those assholes who feel the need to take artifacts, pottery, etc. Vandalism isn't cool, guys. I've got quite a few more photos so rest your pretty head on this for right now, yup? Oh yeah - in case I forget-cryptobiotic crust! It's everywhere in Southern Utah. Pay respect and don't crunch it - it's full of communities of itty bitty living organisms! Ecologically very important! (seen below near the cactus)