12/10/13: The US Forest Service will be enforcing access restrictions to Tar Creek soon. TC is part of the Condor Sanctuary established as critical habitat to this endangered bird and other wildlife. Epic numbers of visitors, and the trash and graffiti they have left behind, has led to the acknowledgment by the Forest Service that access must be curtailed and enforced. For more information on the impending action visit: Tar Creek Closure.
It was a cool and breezy Saturday, perfect for a run down to the bottom of Tar Creek. Ruth hadn't ever been further than The Land of the Lost and I figured it was about time she got to see the whole canyon. Unfortunately Tar Creek is looking pretty abused, quite a bit of trash, and someone decided the place looks better with some spray paint in several places. Pisses me off. As you can see from the pictures, water levels are low low low. We need rain.
On a more positive note, somebody finally chopped the bolts at the bottom of the canyon and removed one bolt from the rocks above the first pool when coming down the canyon. I know exactly who did this and I whole-heartedly approve of the action.
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