Today begins my annual desert vacation with Larry and Vince. After reviewing numerous maps and guidebooks, we decided to visit the southern San Rafael Swell area for a five-day camping and hiking trip.
At 7:00 AM, Larry and I headed out on the road to the Utah desert. Meeting Vince in Green River, we made out plans as to where we would begin our San Rafael journey. We decided to go in from the north to find a suitable camping spot, preferably setting-up a single base camp to explore the area from. But first, I wanted to check out some pictograms located just north of the highway. The journey to these ancient drawings involves a circuitous series of 4WD drive roads, including going through a tight tunnel underneath the interstate. I was rewarded for my efforts with my first view of the ancient Fremont drawings. We viewed two panels of drawings before heading back down our original path and into the San Rafael Swell.
The choice of camping spots was limited as we needed some kind of forested area so we’d be able to have a campfire every night; this is November, and temperatures were expected to be quite chilly. We found a suitable spot in a grove of pinion pine trees at the base of the spectacular Family Butte.