Most people come here for the ancient rock art. The above pictographs are located in Fate Bell Shelter, a moderate hike from park headquarters. Visitors are not allowed into any of the shelters or the canyon without a guide.
We took a longer, much more difficult tour. Eight miles of hiking took us to some amazing rock art. This is not a tour for anyone not in very good physical condition as parts of the route (I would say trail, but there's not one) require wading through waist-high water, climbing boulders, and bush-whacking through some very mean plants. It is worth the effort if you're up for the challenge.
We were able to see many birds, as well.
The Cactus Wren paid a visit to our campground on Sunday morning.
White-Throated Swifts provided entertainment during our lunch stop on the tour, twittering loudly as they flew in and out of cavities in the canyon wall.
A Red-Tailed Hawk observed from the rim as we made our way along the canyon floor.
Also seen this visit: Northern Cardinal, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Flicker, Pyrrhuloxia, Roadrunner.
A Canyon Wren was heard but not seen.
The park and campgrounds are wheelchair accessible, but the canyon is not.
I'm linking up to Wild Bird Wednesday. Visit to see more birds or to post your own.