If you follow the road from Nelson Ghost Town towards the Colorado River, you will reach a spot with views of the El Dorado Canyon. I arrived at dusk which made for less than perfect photos, but you can get an idea of what the area looks like. I hope to return again for some hiking, swimming, and exploring.
This hike through a slot canyon was a great experience. It was wonderful to feel enclosed with high canyon walls on either side. At times, I had to scramble down rock formations to continue onward. There was only the sound of the crunching of sand and gravel beneath my hiking boots. The sun was getting close to setting, the temperature was cooler in the shadows, and around each new corner was a surprise. Every few steps was a grand photo opportunity. 🙂
Closed Canyon is a slot canyon located in the Big Bend Ranch State Park. The trailhead is just off of Farm to Market Road 170, and the hike is about 1.4 miles long round trip. It is a beautiful place. According to the brochure, “Mountain lion, javelina, rock squirrels and a variety of lizard and snake species including the greater earless lizard, desert spiny lizards and the western diamondback rattlesnake may be seen in or near the canyon.” Lucky for me, I had the Canyon all to myself.