Red Hole Draw |

Western Swell

Hiking Red Hole Draw - Western Swell Hiking Red Hole Draw
Western Swell

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Overview

RATING: Easy / Moderate Hike

Mon

A 40 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as 9. North northwest wind around 6 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

30 | 16

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 30.

30 | 7

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 33.

33 | 11

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 35.

35 | 15

Fri

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

34 | 18

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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 40 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as 9. North northwest wind around 6 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

30 | 16

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 30.

30 | 7

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 33.

33 | 11

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 35.

35 | 15

Fri

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

34 | 18

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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 amongst the canyons, boulders, and washes on 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, though I would recommend a true 4-wheel drive. 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. There are some petroglyphs as well, though the pictographs were the highlight to me.

Funks Cave - Red Hole Draw

Funks Cave - Red Hole Draw

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