The trail leading up the narrow half-mile gorge is surrounded by vertical sandstone cliffs rising over 200 feet.
Site of a seasonal waterfall.
The forest floor is covered with a profusion of ferns and spring wildflowers.
Even in the heat of summer Conkles Hollow remains shady and cool.
More recess caves in Conkles Hollow.
I saved the best for last. We almost didn't stop here because it was getting late but decided since we made the trip we should try to see as much as possible. This place is called the Rock House and of all the places we were at I think this ended up being the most unique. It is also the only real cave in the area.
The outside of the Rock House.
An entrance into the Rock House.
The main corridor is 200 feet long and 20-30 feet wide.
There are seven window openings like this that let sunlight into the cave.
Looking out through one of the windows.
Several sandstone columns help support the Rock House roof.
Recesses like this were used by the Native American Indians as baking ovens when staying in the cave.
The Rock House was also used by bandits, bootleggers and thieves in the 1800s which lead the local residents to call this place Robbers Roost.
Springs of water permeate through the porous sandstone and collect in these man made troughs. In this way they were able to keep a supply of water in the Rock House.
This trail is only 1/2 mile long and I'm so glad we took the time to stop. Someday we want to come back and hike some of the rim trails.