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Fate Bell's Pictograph Shelter/Canyon Guided Walking Tour for January

Sun, January 01, 2023 to Sun, January 29, 2023
Tanya Petruney
(432) 292-4464

For the month of January, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10 am and then again at 3 pm, to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information to plan your visit, 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 to go the guided tour should arrive about 20-30 minutes before the tour. This allows you plenty of time to pay for any fees (entry/camping/tour), go through our exhibits, and get ready for the tour to start promptly at 10 am. 

Are reservations needed for Fate Bell's Shelter tour? It is recommended to prepay for you tour tickets to reserve your spot(s) on tour. Limit of 25 people (all ages included).  Click this link to open the online reservation system.

Tour fee: Children under the age of 4 are free and children ages 5-adult are $5.00. Payable by cash, personal check, and/or credit card at time of tour.

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.**