Grand Gulch lies in the new Bears Ears National Monument. This and many other national monuments, including three along the PCT, are now under threat. We wanted to continue writing about our hike so more people can appreciate the archaeological significance and natural beauty of this special place.
Rain fell overnight and into the morning of our third day in the canyon. A cliff overhung Split Level Ruin, keeping it dry. We ate our breakfast up near the ruins and explored the area a bit more as we waited for the rain to calm down.
We filtered water, cooked a simple meal, and watched the sunset. As we fell asleep, only the occasional bird call broke the silence. We need to protect and preserve places like this, where it’s still possible to disconnect from the constant distractions of the modern world and reconnect with ancient ways of life.