From our camp at Tomsich Butte, we could see the ore chutes and dark tunnels of the Dirty Devil uranium mine complex just begging to be explored. State and federal government have been reclaiming many historical mining sites around the state including tearing down mining-era structures and sealing off mines. For whatever reason they haven't reached this area yet, and you're free to poke through the remains and peak inside the tunnels which date back to the 1950s.
|Great views of Hondu Arch can be found from the Dirty Devil mines.|
The disappointing Temple Wash pictographs meant we had to find the much more elusive, and thankfully nearly pristine pictograph panel in Wild Horse Canyon.
|A shallow slot with moderately good striped crossbeds makes the sand slog up Wild Horse Canyon bearable.|
The Wild Horse panel will not wow you with its size or color. What makes this site so special is the incredibly fine detail that is so exquisitely preserved. You can see tiny drops of blood dripping from a snake-like creature's mouth. Locks of hair and a flying serpent's feathers are all clearly visible.
To properly end the adventure, we enjoyed burgers at Ray's Tavern in Green River and then said our goodbyes.