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Fate Bell Shelter Pictograph Walking Tour

10:00a Sat, April 01, 2023 to 9:35a Sun, April 30, 2023
Tanya Petruney
(432) 292-4464

For the month of April, the Park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, and make reservations, click on blue title (above) for FAQs. NO PETS ALLOWED ON TOUR.

Do I need a guide to see the pictographs and why? Yes. The park provides an approved guide (either staff or docent) that leads the group of participants down into the canyon to view the pictographs. This is for your safety and protection of the park's natural and cultural resources.

What should I expect when I come to the park and the tour? Park visitors wishing to go on the guided tour should arrive about 20-30 minutes before the tour. This allows you plenty of time to go through our exhibits, and get ready for the tour to start promptly at 10 am or 3pm.

Are reservations needed for Fate Bell's Shelter tour? You may purchase your tickets before arriving at Park. Registration 30 days in advance from date of tour and click this link to open the online reservation system. Tour capacity is 25 people.

Tour fee: Children ages 4 and under are free, children ages 5-12 are $5.00 and ages 13-adult are $8.00. Park entry fees are purchased separately.

How long is the tour? This tour usually is about 90 minutes in time and 1.5 miles in length. We suggest the use of our bathroom facilities before the tour. 

Who can participate in the tour? Almost anyone. Participants should be in reasonably good health and physically able to walk down and up steep staircases. Guides will move at a comfortable pace and the group stays together.

What if I miss the tour? Guides cannot hold the group/tour to wait for late arrivals, if you arrive late you will not be able to join the tour.

What should I bring and wear? You will need drinking water, camera, batteries, and personal medications. During extreme hot temperatures visitors have  found that silver-lined/sunbrellas umbrellas help provide mobile shade.                                                                                                                             

Clothing: Dress for the weather and seasons, long sleeved shirts/long pants in the summer helps shield the skin from the sun. Shoes: closed-toed shoes/sandals with good traction (hiking boots and athletic shoes).

When are tours cancelled and do they get rescheduled? Rapid changing and unpredictable weather is the major factor in the decision to cancel a tour, which include: extreme hot temperatures (98.F+), rain/wet conditions, lightning or other declared hazardous conditions. In the event of a cancellation, the tours are not rescheduled.



**School groups must contact the park prior to park arrival.**