Today we drove from Moab, Utah to Mancos, Colorado, just outside of Mesa Verde National Park. I took a detour along the way to visit the world famous Indian Creek climbing area. Following Route 211 heading into Canyonlands National Park, there are massive vertical canyon walls with uniform cracks from the base all the way to the top. Many of the cracks are perfectly suited for climbing. Even early in the morning, climbers were already lining up on the popular routes.
Indian Creek also features many petroglyphs. Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument is located directly on Route 211, and is a common stop for visitors. Lesser known is Shay Canyon, 1.9 miles down the road from Newspaper Rock. A small pull off on the road indicates the place. A short walk into the canyon, and you can see hundreds of petroglyphs inscribed on the upper canyon walls.
Salt Lake to Moab – Part 1
Arches National Park – Part 2
Indian Creek and Petroglyphs – Part 3
Mesa Verde National Park – Part 4
Silverton, Telluride, and the Million Dollar Highway – Part 5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park – Part 6
Leadville and Boulder – Part 7
Eldorado Canyon – Part 8