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Hiking Devil’s Canyon – D4 Trail

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We were able to take advantage of another beautiful spring day. Because we thought we would be attending a book fair in Tucson this weekend, Jake took four days off. The book fair didn’t work out, but we are grateful for the together time nonetheless.

We grabbed a picnic lunch at Subway, and then we headed toward the Devil’s Canyon trailhead. It’s only about five to ten minutes from Fruita’s dinosaur museum, and we hike there quite a bit.

Today, we took Weston’s favorite Devil’s Canyon hike, the D4 trail. Even though the parking lot was packed, and there were a lot of people on the main D1 trail, the D4 trail was pretty quiet (which is one of the reasons we like it).

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The path takes you right up to the cliffs. For a few weeks in spring, this area of the desert will be green, grassy, and spectacular.  We were still a little early, but things are already starting to green up a bit.

As we often do when we hike Devil’s Canyon this time of year, we saw a rock wren. They have the prettiest songs (which you can listen to on their page on All About Birds), and it’s how we were able to identify it from a canyon wren since they’re kind of difficult to tell apart. I’m afraid I scared it away when I tried to get a closer picture.

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There is an interesting old shelter built into the rock along the path, but there were teenagers climbing above it today, so we didn’t get a picture. We did, however, get to hear one of them yell, with their hands extended in the air, that they were “king of the world.” Weston rolled his eyes, and we continued on. 😉

The afternoon was pretty perfect. We’ll go back again soon, hopefully at the right time to catch the grass when it’s bright green.

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