On our 4th day in Bears Ears National Monument, we woke to a lovely morning, then packed up and left Grand Gulch behind. The final day of our hike would involve 7 miles of climbing up Bullet Canyon. Hummingbirds zoomed around us as we began our day.
Near the top, the creek bed flattened out, and soon we reached the trailhead. It had been an amazing trip. We found the canyon to be very peaceful and calming. The solitude of this place gave us a profound opportunity to reflect on how the Ancestral Pueblo had lived here, over a thousand years ago. Sometimes history can seem far removed from the present, but on this hike it felt surprisingly close at hand.
If you are considering hiking Grand Gulch or any of the surrounding Cedar Mesa canyons, we suggest reading this BLM guide. Please do your part to respect the canyons and the structures that remain inside them by practicing Leave No Trace principles.