All we really knew is that the area was known for rock art, so we picked up a brochure to give us a little background, and headed for the only campground in the area. Nine Mile Ranch Campground is a working cattle ranch, and this turned out to be a great perk for us. After weeks of reading books to Madeline that featured farm animals, we were able to introduce her to the real thing, up close and personal. The ranch has horses, cows, chickens, rabbits, a dog, and at least one cat. While we were there they were doing a cattle round-up, so she also got to see real cowboys (and a cowgirl). One of the cowboys was nice enough to stop for her and she got to pet the horse.
Once we left the ranch we spent the day exploring the rock art in the canyon. There are probably hundreds of panels in the area, and we ended up seeing quite a few. The brochure we picked up gives directions to find several of the more popular, but we found that driving slowly we spotted a lot of panels that were unmarked, some of them large with unusual figures. There were several places to park and walk to see some of the panels, so we took the opportunity to pull out the kid carrier again and got some exercise as well.