Day 13– Owlsheads Loop of Canyons Between Quartz & Sand

Today I went out and hiked the two canyons in the Owlsheads which are located between Quartz Canyon and Sand Canyon. I needed to hike these two canyons to complete my quest to see all of the major canyons that drain to the east along Harry Wade Road. These both proved to be interesting canyons with lots of typical Owlsheads scenery– narrow sections, large oddly shaped boulders of decomposing granite, windswept shapes and patterns, and many tortoise burrows. I saw lots of blooming rock nettle in both canyons and also found surprising evidence of Bighorn sheep in the northern canyon. On my way out of the northern canyon, I was stunned to find a 100 foot slot through Owlshead rock. A few years ago, it was reported to the park service that a hiker had discovered an Owlshead slot canyon in the general area of Quartz Canyon. But the information was lost and so the slot canyon was never found by anyone else. I have a strong feeling that what I found is the legendary and elusive Owlshead Slot Canyon. The southern canyon was neat because it opens up into the giant basin (or plain) that stretches all the way south into Quartz Canyon. I will choose canyon names later for identifying these two previously undocumented canyons.

The giant basin that links the southern canyon with Quartz Canyon
The giant basin that links the southern canyon with Quartz Canyon
Back in the Owlsheads in the northern canyon
Back in the Owlsheads in the northern canyon
Likely the long rumored elusive Owlshead Slot Canyon
Likely the long rumored elusive Owlshead Slot Canyon
View down the dry fall above the 100 foot slot canyon
View down the dry fall above the 100 foot slot canyon