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Elevation: 4,300'
Location: 37.16628, -111.91266 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Roy Suggett on Dec 17, 2012
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Description 

Strictly a bouldering area with many scattered rocks of varying heights (5' to 45'). The rock (cap stones from the ridge above or what are known as the Straight Cliffs, consisting of a better grade of sandstone and a bit of a patina) is a mix of fair to not so good in its quality but the camping here is great, a bit like Ibex with a river (Paria River) near by. Hot in the summer but it's doable any other time of year.
NOTABLE FOSSIL: Just 30 meters northeast of Campfire Rock is a boulder with a very obvious fossil embedded in the top, northwest facing surface. It is the scapula of a land turtle about 85 million years old in the Straight Cliffs Formation, late Cretaceous Period. See photos below.

Getting There 

From west of Big Water and Church Wells on HW 89 take the Cottonwood dirt road 7 miles into the GSENM. When you first start seeing the river, look to your right for a spur road and the obvious boulders about 50-175 meters off. This place is approximately 1/4 of the way through the Cottonwood Rd. and between the Paria River and the Straight Cliffs above and east. Just about 6.5 miles further north on the main road is the trail head to Lower Hackberry Canyon and the many possibilities there for climbing, including Hacker's Tower (see the area "Hackberry Canyon").

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.3 miles from here

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Close up of land turtle fossil.  85 million yr.s o...
Close up of land turtle fossil. 85 million yr.s o...
Many campfire wind breaks too
BETA PHOTO: Many campfire wind breaks too
North is where most of the routes are South has on...
BETA PHOTO: North is where most of the routes are South has on...
Check out the many possibilites
BETA PHOTO: Check out the many possibilites
So many to choose from
BETA PHOTO: So many to choose from
If the grey clay floor is wet thin it will be stic...
BETA PHOTO: If the grey clay floor is wet thin it will be stic...
Just short walks
BETA PHOTO: Just short walks
When it is hot there are many north shady faces
BETA PHOTO: When it is hot there are many north shady faces
Great vistas
BETA PHOTO: Great vistas
Look for embedded fossils
BETA PHOTO: Look for embedded fossils
Up the hill a bit are some really good edges
BETA PHOTO: Up the hill a bit are some really good edges
Some sides are too soft, others are ok
Some sides are too soft, others are ok
Very sweet photo. opp.s
BETA PHOTO: Very sweet photo. opp.s
Everything seems to have a down climbable side
BETA PHOTO: Everything seems to have a down climbable side
Land turtle scapula fossil! 85 million yr.s old!
Land turtle scapula fossil! 85 million yr.s old!
Take a short walk and find many new options
BETA PHOTO: Take a short walk and find many new options

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By BSU_Zac
From: Cedar City, UT
Jan 4, 2013
This is a nice little spot that has seen virtually no development. Hopefully it will see some new problems put up in the near future.