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The Notch Panel

The Notch Panel

The Notch Panel is one of my favorite petroglyphs panels near the Utah – Arizona state line. I took this photo close to sunset so the direct golden light would help bring out the figures. The puffy clouds in the blue sky were a bonus! The maze-like design and two-headed snake are very unique and what sets this panel apart from others.

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Yellow Pair Alcove

Yellow Pair Alcove

As we hiked up and down Snake Gulch in search of pictographs, it seems that we came across a lot of anthropomorphs that were painted in pairs. This is one of the larger and better preserved sets that we found.

>> Snake Gulch

Snake Gulch Big Alcove

Big Alcove

Near the point in Snake Gulch where we turned around and headed back up canyon, we came across a large alcove that had the highest concentration of pictographs we had come across all day. Many of them were still in great condition and some of the largest ones we had seen that day. This is a look up into part of the large alcove with a few of the larger anthropomorphs.

>> Snake Gulch

Snake Gulch Twins

Snake Gulch Twins

The last long hike we had planned for our Arizona Strip trip was into Snake Gulch. This turned out to be a long hike at about fifteen miles, but the terrain was relatively flat so it was a pretty easy hike. Along the way there are a lot of pictographs to find. Many of them are badly faded and weathered, but there are some that are in great condition, too. Watching the walls for rock art and stopping to photograph them made this hike an all day affair for us. We actually missed this pair of pictographs on our way down-canyon, but luckily we spotted them on our way back up-canyon to camp.

>> Snake Gulch

Two-Headed Snake

Two-Headed Snake

Since I posted a photo from the Notch Panel earlier this morning, I’m going to post one more from the same location. This is probably my favorite part of the entire panel. The maze-like design is very unique and stands out well, but the most interesting part is the spiraled snake. This snake has two heads, which I don’t think I have seen anywhere else. Very cool!

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