Short and scenic Mossy Cave Trail draws Highway 12 travelers out of their cars and into Water Canyon for an easy hike among hoodoos to a cave and small waterfall. We explored it when evening sunlight brought out the rocks’ rich array of colors.
A stream of water — always a welcome sight in these parts — serenaded the canyon. I love the intimacy of this canyon! As I basked in the peacefulness of that evening hour, I chose the rock I’ll perch on during journal writing getaways.
The trail leads to a small waterfall and a cave lined with rich green moss. The tenaciousness of vegetation in this rugged desert climate amazes me. Trees anchor themselves in crevasses and delicate flowers sprout from rock walls.
Even more amazing are the fascinating formations sculpted by the elements that manage not to topple. At least not yet!
At the end of the groomed trail, we scaled up a slope for a view of the surroundings. A healthy Bristlecone pine graced the scene. Unlike the Bristlecone pines I was accustomed to seeing in the Rocky Mountains, this one has not been twisted or dwarfed by the wind.
It’s always fun to catch a bird’s-eye view of our surroundings. But when I come back, I’ll stay down by the stream, listening to the symphony of running water, breezes and birds.