Big Crane Butler Wash in Cedar Mesa

Big Crane
Petroglyph

Cedar Mesa
Hiking

          The Big Crane is a fun and interesting petroglyph that has recently become popular with photographers and rock art enthusiasts. The site is reached by a short and easy hike. Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.

          Photograph's used on this page are compliments of Bob Maynard.

Circle of Friends:
          The Big Crane Petroglyph is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

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Big Crane Butler Wash in Cedar Mesa Big Crane Butler Wash in Cedar Mesa

General Information:
          The Big Crane Petroglyph requires a short hike. The rock art is accessible year round in good weather. A GPS is extremely useful in verifying you are on the correct route. The Big Crane Petroglyph is rated 1A I using the Canyon Rating System.

Big Crane Butler Wash in Cedar Mesa

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is usually accessible to all vehicles in good weather. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this route.

Big Crane Butler Wash in Cedar Mesa

Cryptobiotic Soil:
          This route crosses areas of cryptobiotic crust. Please avoid disturbing all cryptobiotic crust. Stay on existing trails, walk in wash bottoms or on slickrock. Go out of your way, literally, to avoid cryptobiotic soil. Cryptobiotic crust requires five to ten years of undisturbed growth before it even becomes visible as an irregular, blackish mat on the soil surface. A single footprint by a careless hiker can destroy years of growth.


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