Sunday, February 12, 2012
Frying Pan Canyon
This is another site near Cookes Peak. I came out here the first time looking for the petroglyph site. We parked at the dam and hiked up a short side canyon over a ridge and down into upper Frying Pan Canyon. We made it up to the spring,then hiked back out to the wide arroyo never seeing any petroglyphs. We walked along the jeep road back to our vehicle and right at the dam, we saw some footprints etched into the rock as if they were leading us up the hill to this fantastic rock art site. The hill is steep. The footing can be a little treacherous too, but you'll have to climb to see the best stuff.There are alcove shelters here and grinding holes as well,including one so deep it punched through the large boulder it's in.This place used to be part of my tour for out of town visitors, but I haven't been there in a while.The short side road to get here is pretty wonky- needlessly curvy and with lots of down and up coming in short intervals. I know this spot isn't exactly a secret- there have been other groups there every time I've visited-but I don't like to give out specific directions. I found this place and many others with only a place name, and sometimes a county name. I then hit the maps and started wandering around the desert.UPDATE: for images of the rock art at this site go to my Frying Pan Canyon 2015 blog.