I thought I was going for a walk on a gated Kaibab National Forest road into Lookout Canyon. But the parking area was full of tall grass that I didn’t want to park my hot truck on top of, and there was no gate. So I drove on.
After two miles of two-track road and 12 miles more to go I feared a closed gate at the far end and pulled into a clearing with an old coral. A good place to park on dirt and go for a little walk.
Looked like the coral hadn’t been used in quite a while.
I found the old fences and loading shoot intriguingly photogenic.
Wandering around I discovered a sign for Riggs Spring. Always nice to know where you are.
Don’t know if there’s a correlation with the name and all the rusty springs as I couldn’t find any information on Riggs Spring. I do know the Kaibab National Forest has allowed cattle grazing for a very long time so can only assume that Mr. Riggs might have been the first to utilize this water supply for his stock.
And maybe there were buildings here at one time.
The spring bubbles up from under ground through a pipe into a water tank.
I was mesmerized for a while watching the bubbles and flow of the clear cold water.
With every step across the meadow grasshoppers filled the air then landed hidden when I stopped. Not easy to photograph.
At 86 degrees, it was too hot to hike for long so I returned home in my air conditioned truck. Sure was a nice ride.
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