After my bison encounter in Painted Canyon, I decided I must hike there. Yesterday, I did a 12 mile loop that took me through badlands, petrified forest, and huge grassy plains.
It’s in a grassy plain I had another animal first, the prairie rattlesnake. It must’ve been 4 feet in front of me when I heard a high-pitched, loud and clear warning. Rattlesnakes really want you to know they are around and to go away. As you can tell from the photo, a snake is really hard to see when in the grass. After that, I stomped a little more loudly and made clicking sounds every now and then.
Not everyone makes it out of the Prairie.