I took the guided tour down into Seminole Canyon to see the Fate Bell Shelter this morning. Visitors are not allowed to go down into any of the canyons in the area except for the five dollar guided tour to see the Fate Bell Shelter
The Fate Bell Shelter which was named after a rancher that owned this whole area before it became a state Park is basically where the water in the canyon carved out an area on the outside of a turn so that there's an overhang of rock big enough for 20 or 30 people to live under.
Ancient Indians use this area for thousands of years mainly because there are three rivers in the area, one of which is the Rio Grande, which provided plenty of water for the tribe and the animals that were attracted to the area.
It was an interesting tour which took about an hour and a half, most of which consisted of walking down into the canyon, and back out again.
I think the only thing I learned about the pictographs is that nobody really knows what they mean. The folks that study such things think they know what some of it means but for the most part it's probably whatever was in the mind of the peyote influenced artist, which will make about as much sense as a Grateful Dead album cover.
The beginning of our perilous trek to the depths of Seminole Canyon
The steeper parts had rickety steps. There were already stragglers that would probably be eaten by the coyotes.
Our destination is straight ahead
Were almost there
Check back tomorrow, or whenever I can find some Internet, and see the incredible things we found. and if we made it back alive!