Red Hole Draw | Western Swell

Hiking Red Hole Draw - Western Swell Hiking Red Hole Draw

Western Swell

Overview

RATING: Easy / Moderate Hike

Mon

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 6 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

74 | 48

Tue

A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

62 | 41

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 72.

72 | 39

Thu

Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 45

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 45

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SEASON: Spring/Fall. Roads need to be dry to access the trailhead. Hot summers.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None, bring all you need.

Mon

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 6 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

74 | 48

Tue

A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

62 | 41

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 72.

72 | 39

Thu

Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 45

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 45

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The first pictograph panel above Red Hole Draw

The first pictograph panel above Red Hole Draw

Native peoples heavily used the western edge of the San Rafael Swell. There are many rock art sites hidden among the canyons, boulders, and washes in this desolate-looking transition zone from the desert to the mountains farther west. Red Hole Draw is one such site in this sea of rolling sagebrush.

The journey to Red Hole Draw requires a high-clearance vehicle. The road has gotten a bit better in the last few years, but a true 4-wheel drive can be nice but likely no required. An endless plain of wash crossing on a rough 2-track separates the main from Red Hole.

Once at Red Hole, a short hike reveals several fantastic pictograph sites, including Funks Cave and the spectacular Quail panel. There are some petroglyphs as well, though the pictographs were the highlight to me.The area has astounding views and, after visiting the rock art, is an excellent place to wander and explore a bit.

Funks Cave - Red Hole Draw

Funks Cave - Red Hole Draw

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