|Our campsite viewed from the Butterfield Stage route|
There are a few short, but interesting hiking destinations.
Butterfield Stage Route
|Butterfield Stage marker|
|County road, most county roads are in better condition now.|
Hike to South Mountain
|Trail Head Information|
|Me as the Elf with his staff|
|Looking back over the dry lake bed of Blair Valley|
|Looking east toward the Salton Sea|
|Walls made of adobe and stone|
|Cisterns for water storage|
|Solar powered clock|
The central clock tower was solar powered
|All good homesteads need a garbage dump ....|
The Morteros Trail of Little Blair Valley
Mortero is Spanish for mortar, in native Kumeyaay called ehmuu meaning 'bedrock hole', think the Kumeyaay have it right.
The cholla thrive here, apparently the Kumeyaay found there was no use for them
The mortero is a grinding hole in the rock basically a stone food processor. The small depressions called cupules, are also found on vertical surfaces, hence the experts think they have religious significance. Ah heck, I think the young just need a place to practice make grinding holes, but they were not yet good enough to grind in the 'kitchen'.
The Pictograph Trail
|Pictograph Trail Head|
|This is my favorite -|
IMHO the 'Y' is the Agave and it shows how to use a solar still for tequila
Although this is a good place to turn back, continue on towards Smugglers Canyon. The trail narrows as cliff walls develop on either side. Eventually arriving at a dry waterfall overlooking the canyon.
|Continue on the same trail...|
|The trail narrows...|
|View from the top of the dry falls|
South end of the park next ...