Ancient Paiute Cave
Pictographs tell a story from the past
Documented by Timothy Draper
Treasures in America has been researching the area of the Grand Canyon for years now. Not just because of the Lost City in the Grand Canyon but there’s more in that area then it seems. The Montezuma Treasures isn’t far to the North of the Grand Canyon and we have found interesting rock carving symbols and possible Spanish Rock monuments as well. Needless to say, you can see that there seems to be a lot of lost history in this area. But this story is about the Paiute Cave, not the other sites we are researching. But like you’ve heard me say before, in order to be successful, a true treasure hunter will research all history in the area they are searching in. This story starts at the beginning of the summer in 2016. The team was determined to find more clues to the area north of the Grand Canyon and locals call it the Arizona Strip. It has 5 roads that start in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada that take you deep in the desert. All of them end at an overlook of the North side of the Grand Canyon. And in between all that when it starts and ends is full of lost history of many different time phases and cultures. TIA wanted to cover as many miles as we could to explore this area.
On Friday Todd and Ryan traveled South from Salt Lake City to meet the rest of the team in St. George. Shaun had the task of hooking up to his new camper trailer and loading up one of the Polaris UTV while I was loading up my truck and trailer with the other UTV. When we hit the road we all traveled to the East and landed in Colorado City Arizona area. From there we headed about 15 miles South on a dirt road were we set up our basecamp. It was a fun evening with the whole team together once again setting up the trailer, tents and unloading the UTV’s. Some of us were going to say in the trailer while a couple team members wanted to sleep in tents. That night we sat around the campfire talking about treasures and our plans for the next day. That night Shaun and I got into this silly state due to a few too many drinks. We both came up with an idea to sneak out of the tent quietly and drop the tent poles of Todd’s and Ryan’s tent while they were sleeping. Now keep in mind, it was a little after midnight and both Todd & Ryan were sound asleep. Shaun and I crept up to the first tent and pulled the poles as quickly as we could. Then we moved on the the other a few feet away and did the same thing. We ran back to the trailer and locked the door and watched out the window. Both Ryan and Todd slowly crawled out of their tents and started to rebuild them. The whole time Shaun and I were laughing our guts out. Once they got the tents set up and settled into their sleepings bags, Shaun and I waited a few minutes longer and did the same exact thing again. I don’t think Todd and Ryan saw it as funny as we did. In fact, I think I remember Todd saying “I would think twice about that if I was you.” We paid no attention to his threat and continued on. Man, that was a fun night.
The next morning a producer scheduled a skype meeting with us. He wanted to make a teaser trailer to show networks on a possible TV show idea and he wanted to get us
in our elements outside doing what we do. The meeting lasted about an hour and a half and after that, we were on our way. Our first stop was the Paiute Cave that morning and we wasted no time at all. You can really cover some miles in UTV’s and we dropped the hammer and average around 50 miles per hour. Once we arrived at the cave we grabbed our camera’s and a few other things and all of a sudden, we noticed two trucks on the dirt road heading our way. We waited to go until the trucks passed us but to our surprise, the trucks pulled right up next to us. As we waited to see what they were up to we saw a familiar face get out of the truck. It was Dan or otherwise known as Digger. Dan is a known Utah treasure hunter as well and he had his crew with him too. It was a little weird seeing him out there so as I walked up to shake his hand, I said are you following us. He laughed and said we out here to do some research and then he said, “and you?” Since we’re both treasure hunters we both knew that to see two different crews at the same place could only mean that we were in each others territory. We sat around to visit and share stories and then they were off and we made our way down to the lava tube cave. As we approached the cave I remembered Steve telling years prior that he thinks the rock pile by the cave entrance were burial sites of the Paiutes. I took a few minutes to examine them and I think he’s right.
The Paiute Cave was a special place to visit. The colors are still strong and it felt like it was a sacred place. Todd and Ryan set up for an interview so Todd could explain some of the histories. Once again we were on our way. Now on this day, we traveled over 210 miles on a dirt road. It’s not for the faint of heart for sure. Not to mention that there is no phone signal the whole way. We passed many signs saying for emergencies or tows call this number. It also mentioned a $4,000.00 dollar fee to get help. TIA team comes with a lot of experience but I assure you, don’t go out by yourself, without a reliable vehicle, and plenty of water and food. And don’t forget the big one, plenty of extra fuel. The trip was taxing on us and we did see many things like the Toroweap Overlook, the petroglyphs of Mt. Trumble, and much more. It was a great trip and we’ll continue to research the area. If you see us out there, don’t be afraid to approach us and say hi. If you would like help and info to this area please contact us and we’ll gladly help out in any way. Stay safe out there and Find Your Adventure!