In the Spring of 2003, myself, my father, and our good friends of the Hanson clan, David, Eric and their respective patriarch Craig, embarked on a journey of fantastic proportions.
Grand Gulch Primitive Area lies hidden among slot canyons high on Cedar Mesa in Southeastern Utah. Above are the photographs from that time. GGPA is managed by the Bureau of Land Management to preserve the archeological ruins of the ancient Anasazi peoples who once dwelled here. One can access these canyons only by decending and hiking through the rugged canyon terrain of Utah. Once there, you can literally see dozens of ruins hidden among the coves and overhangs. Most date to approximately 800-900 years ago, pre-historic on the American Continent.
Archaelogists are still piecing together the mystery of their disappearance.
During this trip though, we had a fantastic time exploring the ruins in Grand Gulch, nearby Bluff Utah on the Comb ridge, and other places on Cedar Mesa. While the weather wasn't always the best, the company was top notch and the treasure of ruins was priceless.
If you know the names of specific artifacts and ruins, by all means go ahead and leave a comment, so that I may correctly tag and identify all of them. After seven years, my memory of specific ruins is a bit fuzzy.