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Cedar Springs and Mystic Shelter Tour - June 6, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Come join the RAF for a tour to Cedar Springs and Mystic Shelter along the cool and inviting Devils River - considered the cleanest river in Texas. This early summer tour is as popular for the swimming in the Devils as for the rock art. This will be the last RAF tour until the fall tour season.
This tour does require that participants have their own high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle. The rough, steep, and brushy terrain along the river requires 4wd. Two-wheel drive vehicles run the risk of getting stuck or disabled on this road. If you have questions about the suitability of you vehicle please email us.
You will visit two highly painted Pecos River style sites on this tour. The first, Cedar Springs, is an easy walk from the parking area. The second, Mystic Shelter, is just over a mile away. Getting there requires a steep descent over rough loose rocks to the level of the river. Once down by the river the hike is then over relatively level, but unprotected rock terraces along the river then into a rough rocky canyon for a short distance. This can be a very HOT trip, but swimming is nearby. All participants must be able to negotiate the rough terrain and hike in the heat. This tour requires stamina, agility, and balance. You will be in a remote location where response to serious injuries and medical emergencies will be difficult and lengthy. Please be prepared for this hike and the heat.
The tour will meet at 9:00AM just west of Del Rio at the intersection of Hwy 90 and Hwy 277/377 known locally at The Fisherman’s Headquarters or the “Y”. Be prepared for a prompt 9:30 AM departure. There are no conveniences after this. Bring food, water, and have your vehicles gassed up. Remember to check your share tire for inflation. No pets. Please be aware that there is a rapid growth in crime of all types along the Mexico/US border. Please be alert when visiting this area. For the most current information visit the State Department Travel Alert web site at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1766.html If you plan to visit Mexico please remember that the United States now requires that you have a valid U.S. passport or U.S. Passport Card to travel between the U.S. and Mexico, http://www.getyouhome.gov/html/lang_eng/eng_usp.html . Desert tours are not recommended for anyone with walking or balance issues and for children under 12 years of age. Parents are responsible for the supervision and safety of their children. We will be in isolated locations where response to a medical emergency or injury will be difficult and lengthy. For the safety of the group, the RAF guide in charge of each tour will evaluate each individual’s ability to participate in the tour and may limit participation accordingly. The requested donation for this tour is $35 per person. All Rock Art Foundation tours must be paid in advance to insure your reservation. Please make your reservations by giving us your payment instructions at http://www.fellowpages.org/rockart/tours.cfm . You will receive specific details about one week before the tour. Last minute reservations and walk-on’s can only be accepted depending on available tour space. Only those paid in advance are guaranteed a place on the tour. Cancellations with a full refund are accepted no later than 7 days prior to the tour. Cancellations on the part of the RAF or weather will be refunded in full – most tours are cancelled in the event of rain. An on-call list will be kept for tours which fill up and you will be notified of openings in order of your inquiry. Payment can also be made by check sent to The Rock Art Foundation, 18160 US Highway 281 North, Suite 108 – Box 257, San Antonio, TX, 78232.