|This shed, dubbed “Motel 6,” is located at the Granary Trailhead|
Melissa and I decided to celebrate our 11 year wedding anniversary by hiking Blue John’s Canyon.
This canyon is part of a series of canyons given the name “The Robbers Roost” because it provided a hideout for Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch. Blue John Canyon is named after a member of the Wild Bunch named John Griffeth. Folklore suggests Griffeth had one brown eye and one blue eye and was known to hide stolen horses in this area.
Blue John Canyon was also made famous by the incredible Aron Ralston incident. If you remember the news stories back in the Spring of 2003, Aron became entrapped by an 800 pound chockstone for five days and was forced to amputate his right forearm to escape. Melissa and I spent considerable time in this canyon and both of us can attest that this is probably the most memorable survival story of our generation. The amputation, after 5 days of being trapped is impressive, but after that dreadful event, Aron had to rappel down a 75 foot cliff (see picture below) with one arm, followed by a 5-6 mile hike until he finally made contact with a family in the canyon to witness The Great Gallery, hidden in Horseshoe Canyon. Aron’s story is incredible!
After hiking, crawling, and squirming our way through Blue John Canyon, we rappelled down the aforementioned cliff and entered Horseshoe Canyon. This incredible canyon provides spectacular cliffs, balancing boulders hundreds of feet in the air, and other amazing geologic features. However, this canyon is most memorable for the 7000-9000 year old pictographs (see picture below). Even though we couldn’t spend a lot of time in “the gallery,” we developed a sense that this is indeed sacrosanct land, if for nothing else than recognizing the efforts made to leave such an impressive piece of art/history.
|75 foot rappel|