Amargosa Canyon

Part 4: Half a Mile In and Southward

The canyon, to me, gets prettier as we go south from "Long Canyon" into "the Bowl" and approaching "Modine meadows," I learned from the website I just provided a link to on my starting page.  It is about a fourth of the way through the canyon.  Almost two miles in, and the canyon stretches for nine!

To move south from the seep area that the previous page ended with, one has to go up a tiny divide made up of dirt removed from a landslide over the railroad tracks:

That little divide offered several interesting views.  This is the view to the seep area, which gave way at one time and covered the railroad tracks.  It was removed by shovels and baskets, and while they were fixing the track, the northbound train's passengers and lighter gear was walked to another train above the slide.  

To my surprise the rocks on the ridge to the left in the picture look like a group of guardian owls.  There are hoodoo formations later, so that gave me the idea to call this a 'whoodoo" formation:

Could not leave well enough alone, so took them again from the other side of the little divide, partly too to show the well-vegetated area where the surplus water runs:

From the little pass.  You can see why it is called "Red Cut."  

Looking south gave this overview of the old railroad bed serving mining near Tecopah in the early twentieth century (see the opening page for an external link that talks about this railroad, even shows pictures of a train in the canyon!):

If it were not for a kind soul making an elaborate trail marker, I would probably have scrambled unnecessarily to find and rejoin the trail, because it disappears for a while into dense vegetation:

The trail dives through a dense clump of grass and brush:

Passing through this area, there was water gurgling where the rock came to the surface and the water had no choice but to also come to the surface.

Once we clear this grass, brush and tree area, we take the straight road south until we pass by the one and only date palm in the canyon. Its seed no doubt came from upstream.  There are date palms in Tecopa.  The typical spreading of these seeds is by coyotes eating dates from the ground, and leaving seeds in their droppings.  Rabbits are plentiful in the canyon, so there is good reason for a coyote to not hang around town much.

The railroad bed that is our trail goes through a little narrows as we approach the south end of the canyon:

The fencing is left over from days when cattle were grazed here, and this was used as a corral, according to the web site linked on the opening page of this section.  When we exit, we see the beginning of a long, flatter, and wider portion of the canyon if we look straight ahead:

But, if we look to the right, we see the river approaching this flatter part of the canyon:

The river gets close enough to see, but the sun is also reminding me that it is not going to stay up while I dawdle here,

So, I will spend some time here and then hurry back.

This rock I dubbed the south-gate sentinel, the person that did the site I link to on my opening page calls it a temple.  It does look like an Egyptian temple at that.

its little foot soldiers around its base qualify as hoodoos perhaps, but to its right there are several curiously tall isolated formations that are even more pronounced:

I'll include one more shot to see if they can be made more visible.

Getting to the river in this place was treacherous, with mud cliffs that sported sinkholes and cracks several feet from their edges.  But it seemed necessary to get a picture or two of the water moving though its pretty little canyon to which it lent its name:

Looking back to the sentinel was a bit blinding:

Looking upstream reminded me I had come some way from the narrows.  The time, angle of the sun, and approaching clouds reminded me that I needed to get moving, back to town.

I decided that with the clouds approaching, and the angle of the sun getting ever lower, that it would be good to picture everything I already pictured again as I went back.  That will be on the next page.  I'll come back sometime and do more of this nice little canyon.


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