Exploring in Indian Creek

After our good night’s sleep in Dove Creek, we loaded up and prepared to hit the road. Before we could go, however, F and I were excited to try a Dove Creek gas station burrito again wondering if they were actually as good as we remembered. Turns out, they were pretty delicious.

Sag Wagon

Sprocket and I made a brief stop in Montecello to use the internet in their adorable library (seriously, I love that place) before taking Harts Draw Loop Road out to Indian Creek. (It’s a great route if you’re doing the Indian Creek-Montecello commute: all paved and beautiful.) The colors were starting to appear but with the trailer I couldn’t explore too much so after letting Sprocket swim in Foy’s Lake, we headed down into the canyons.

I found our designated meeting place at Hamburger Rock Campground, picked out a spot, and headed out to do some exploring. My general destination was the area just northwest of the campground designated in the gazetteer as a “distorted surface.”

Hiking near Hamburger Rock

What we discovered was a really cool area to explore. There were all sorts of ways that one could proceed through the area and Sprocket and I just poked around for a couple of hours, making a large loop through the area enjoying all the interesting formations, views, and nooks and crannies.

Hiking.

Sprocket

Sandstone

Indian Creek Vistas

Indian Creek Vistas

Hiking

Exploring and hiking

Sandstone formations

Pothole Reflections

Indian Creek vistas

Exploring

Sprocket hiking

Sprocket on rock bridge

Exploring

We arrived back at camp just a couple minutes before we heard the sound of dirtbikes heading our way. Sprocket recognizes the sound of F’s bike so off he went to check it out. Evening in camp was spent admiring the views (I was too busy enjoying sunset to take photos…) and making friends with the camps around us.

Sprocket in campsite

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