“These are nice ruins with lots of rock art at the end of a beautiful run.”
— M & C T
Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites, they are fragile! Stay on trail, don’t move artifacts, and stay off walls. Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998
This trail starts at a short pullout on the west side of Lower Butler Wash Road. From the parking area, the trail crosses Butler Wash, which is filled with willows and cottonwoods. Once out of the wash, the trail is easy to find and heads straight into a meandering, sandy trail up the canyon. Near the end of this beautiful box canyon a large alcove is visible. Keep right and continue along the canyon wall onto the slickrock leading to the alcove. There is a wealth of rock art here, including petroglyphs (deer, birds, human figures) and pictographs of several colors.
As the wall continues toward the alcove, the slickrock becomes quite exposed for about 25 feet. Notches in the rock provide toe holds; good boots with sufficient traction are highly recommended.
In addition to the ruins in the alcove, there is very colorful desert varnish on the cavern wall and an 1892 inscription naming the cave.
It is possible to return by exiting the alcove at the far side. Here, one or two exposed steps lead to a scrubby trail on the south side of the box canyon. A pool of water below the alcove is most visible from here. The trail reconnects with the entry trail for a return to the parking lot.