By: Peter Francis Tassoni
The Cedar Mesa country is a convoluted land of cliffs, arches, natural bridges, hoodoos, and spires. It is a land of flash floods and extreme temperature that demands much from those who would explore it. It is also an unparalleled museum of geological features and Ancestral Puebloan culture.
A Hiking Guide to Cedar Mesa describes sixty-three routes, ranging from quarter-mile walks to fifteen-mile day hikes, loops and multi-day backpack trips. It contains essential information on permits, weather, gear, roads, trailhead access, geology, human history in the region, and leave-no-trace camping.
Care is given to name only those well-known archaeological sites that are visible or immediately accessible from roads. Throughout, the author emphasizes proper visitation protocol for fragile archaeological sites and makes clear this is an experience that should be sought respectfully