From the Weeping Rock shuttle stop, you'll begin this 30-minute hike by walking east through the parking lot and crossing a small footbridge to the trailhead kiosk. Turn left to begin the steady uphill climb and begin passing interpretive signs—more than a dozen of them—and plant species (elder, sagebrush, sumac, lichen, and even water-loving cottonwood and maidenhair fern).
The trail veers sharply uphill several times, rolling toward a small trailside waterfall and a set of dampened steps at its dripping terminus: Weeping Rock's 70-foot overhanging lip. The water trickling here has traveled over 1,000 years from the mesa-top above, percolating through the Navajo sandstone and being forced horizontally along a line of impermeable shale toward this eroded alcove. Take a few minutes to snap photos of the hanging gardens and cool off under the year-round shower before heading back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland