You follow the cairns if you can find them, but the trails go where the burros roam and they seem to enjoy knocking the cairns down. I really enjoyed the hiking and the loss of certain cairns added to the fun of it. Other hikers had warned me to always be looking ahead. Sometimes you must backtrack a little bit and search for piles that look like they might once have been stacked as a cairn. But the trail never led far from the campground, so it was a safe exercise in following a puzzle.
After exploring the desert on a quad for a couple of weeks I really enjoyed the chance to get out on foot and enjoy the desert up close. I especially loved the multi-colored rocks in the area. The campground is surrounded by granite mountains that have so many beautiful layers of color. Blues, greens, reds, oranges, browns – layers upon layers of beautiful color.
And in the middle of the night while we are all tucked quietly in our beds the burros sometimes come up into the campsites and create a ruckus. After hearing them braying in the distance it was quite impressive to wake to one braying right behind my trailer – right on the other side of my skylight! Those cute little burros sound pretty intimidating up close in the middle of the night!