Trip Reports: Salt Creek, Canyonlands NP, Utah - November 2017

In early November a friend and I backpacked about 30 miles through Salt Creek and the Peakaboo Trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, Utah. This canyon is renowned for its numerous Ancient Puebloan ruins and pictographs; in fact I've never seen so many ruins outside of the Cedar Mesa area!

All American Man, Canyonlands National Park, Salt Creek, Utah, pictographs, ruin, November, photo

The unique "All American Man" Ancient Puebloan pictograph in Salt Creek.

Canyonlands National Park, Salt Creek, Utah, November, sunset, photo

A fiery sunset over Salt Creek.

Angel Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Salt Creek, Utah, November, arch, moon, photo

Moon over Angel Arch at dawn.

Angel Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Salt Creek, Utah, November, photo

A vaguely phallic scene below Angel Arch.

Canyonlands National Park, Peakaboo, Salt Creek, Utah, November, photo

A fantastic "second" sunset near Peakaboo (the little hole in the wall on the right side) about a half hour after the real sunset.

Canyonlands National Park, Peakaboo, Salt Creek, Utah, pictographs, November, photo

Ancient Puebloan pictographs from around 1,000-1,300 AD. It's hard to see in this photo, but underneath these pictographs are older reddish figures dating from 1,000-3,000 BC!

Canyonlands National Park, Salt Creek, Utah, November, hiking, photo

Climbing up through a slot along the Peakaboo Trail.