Old Spanish Trail Adventure: Day 1

The adventure begins on the Arizona-Utah border, atop a drainage of the Hurricane cliffs, which provided the only historic access to Warner Valley below. It follows the Honeymoon Trail, used by Mormon pioneers in the 19th and 20th centuries to have their marriages sealed in the temple at St George, Utah. Although somewhat treacherous, we rode the rocky switchbacks to more stable ground.

Surrounded by cholla cacti, and with the expanse before us, we were struck by how difficult the journey must have been for the Armijo party in 1829.

We initially spotted some cow hair intertwined between the splinters and were informed that the cows grazing nearby like to use these trail markers as rubbing posts, known for knocking them over with their massive force.

Next stop was the interpreted Warner Valley Dinosaur Track Site, which was remapped in 2010 and found to have approximately 400 tracks, including both Eubrontes and Grallator tracks.

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