Please join us for a field trip -
Colorado Rock Art Association- Field Trip to Sweetwater Cave and Red Bear Pictograph Sites
View pictographs in two locations- Sweetwater cave (near Dotsero) and another site near Wolcott.
Date: Saturday, July 23. Meet at 10:00 am - all day field trip
Meeting Location: Sweetwater Lake Day Use Area at Sweetwater Lake.
(Directions to Sweetwater Lake Day Use Area: Directions from Eagle: Travel 12 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to Dotsero. Go north on Colorado River Road for 7 miles. Turn left onto the Sweetwater Creek road. Stay on road for 10 miles, then turn left at the sign for Sweetwater Campground and you will see the parking lot before the campground.)
Leader: Anne Robinson
Hike up & back on steep, rocky slope to Sweetwater Cave
Hike about 1/4 mile each direction to Red Bear siteMaximum Participants: 15.
Participants must be member of Colorado Rock Art Association or Colorado Archaeological Society (any chapter).
Bring/ Wear: Hiking gear- including appropriate footwear, water, lunch (can keep in car), snacks, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, rain gear, etc. Also suggested camp chair for picnic. Important: Bring a flashlight and/or headlamp for the cave. Wear footwear appropriate for rough hiking.
RSVP- All participants need to RSVP to this email address (email@example.com) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please let us know your plans. We can help arrange carpools if you are interested in carpooling. We can try to make sure you have one of the non-reservable camp sites if you are camping.
All trip participants will be required to sign a waiver. All trip participants are expected to adhere to the Colorado Rock Art Association code of ethics. (CRAA Code of Ethics is at the bottom of this email.)
1. Make this a day trip. According to Google maps- Drive from Denver is about 3.5 hours. Drive from Grand Junction is 2.5 hours. Drive up for the day and return home that night.
2. Camp overnight at Sweetwater Lake Campground - a national forest campground.
Sweetwater Campground, elevation 7,740 feet, is on the south end of 72 acre, Sweetwater Lake. The vegetation surrounding the campground and the sites is scrub oak, serviceberry, wild rose and willow. High limestone cliffs tower above the area on two sides.
Sweetwater Campground has 9 partially shaded campsites with picnic tables and fire ring grills. This campground has small sites. Six of the sites can accommodate vehicles up to 30 feet long. There is one vault toilet. No water or trash service. Cost is $8 per night. Must store food in hard sided vehicles due to bear issues. For Forest Service info on this campground, click here.
3. Stay overnight at AJ Brink Outfitters at Sweetwater Lake Resort. They have cabins & camping available. They also have a restaurant. See the website for more information- Click Here.
Saturday night- we will have an optional "potluck" happy hour at Sweetwater Lake Campground. Bring an appetizer to share. Bring your own beverages. Bring your own camp chair. We hope you will join us for this social event.
Sunday- some of us may hike on Sunday. There are several trails in the area. All are welcome to hike. The group can decide the route.
CODE OF ETHICS – Colorado Rock Art Association
1. Members will comply with all local, state, and federal antiquities laws as well as any rules and regulations of the Colorado Rock Art Association and the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS).
2. All rock art recording shall be non-destructive with regard to the rock art and the site in general.
3. No archaeological collecting or excavation shall be done unless as part of a legally constituted archaeological project and according to Colorado Archaeological Society regulations.
4. No use of the names Colorado Rock Art Association and Colorado Archaeological Society will be allowed unless in conjunction with approved CRAA or CAS projects or activities. Members may use the names for purposes of identification but no project or activity
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CRAA was organized in 2003 at the Pueblo Archaeology Conference. We are a section of the Colorado Archaeological Society.
Our mission is to enjoy, preserve and educate the public about our archaeological heritage of rock art.
Come join us in enjoying, valuing and reserving Colorado Rock Art.