While we were camping in Devil's Canyon, I decided to see if it was possible to get closer to the magnificent hoodoos I had seen from Oak Flat. I was delighted to discover that there was a dirt road that ran smack through the middle of the rock formations which is well hidden from view from the opposite side of the canyon. There is a great parking lot / lookout near the top of one of the hills where I parked the Blue Goose before hiking down the slope.
I hope that future access to this road will not be restricted when mining activity prevents access to the archaeological ruins at Oak Flat which is directly on the opposite side of the canyon. Before traveling to the area I would suggest calling the local Tonto National Forest ranger station to find out if this area has been closed down yet.
Finally - I got to get some close up shots of the hoodoos I had spotted from across the canyon. This is the Pac Man rock formation that I had first spotted with binoculars from Oak Flat.
The beauty of this canyon with its magnificent rock formations is well worth saving - I am hopeful that at least the east side of this canyon will not be destroyed by mining activity.
I was amazed by the massive size of some of the monoliths I discovered during my hike! I got a kick out of this trail marker that someone erected on top of one of the monolithic stones - I just walked around it!
Its easy to see why this land is so sacred to local Native American tribes which are currently fighting the Government in a desperate battle to save this special place from being destroyed by mining activity.
I was taken aback by this unique rock formation which reminded me of a grandmother and child - generational connections that run deep into this sacred land.