Talk about an interesting petroglyph! I’d been looking for this petroglyph panel for a while, and even though I knew the general area it was located in, it seemed to elude me. When I finally found it last month, I realized that I had been within 20 feet of it in the past, but just didn’t hike quite far enough to reach it. It appears that these petroglyphs have been re-pecked more recently than some of the surrounding ones that aren’t pictured here.
While this is not a very large petroglyph, it always catches my eye and makes me stop and stare every time I hike by it. With one arm up and one down, it seems as if it is saying hello and goodbye to me at the same time.
These petroglyphs of bighorn sheep have eluded me for quite some time. I have searched for them before during the many times I have driven through Indian Creek Canyon over the past few years. I knew they were along the road somewhere, but was never able to find them. While driving back from Beef Basin this past weekend, I wasn’t even looking for new rock art when I managed to spot a few new petroglyphs out of the corner of my eye. I almost didn’t stop, but at the last second I decided to pull over and hike back for a few photos. I’m glad I did, because not only did I find the original petroglyphs I spotted, but I finally found this panel nearby. Maybe one day I’ll be able to drive through Indian Creek Canyon without finding any new rock art, but until that point it’s nice to find new things on each visit.
Here’s a new photo of a petroglyph panel near Moab that I have visited before. I just love the unique setting of this panel in the corner with the lichen covered wall to the side.
This is one of my favorite figures pecked along the Hidden Valley trail near Moab. I have visited this site multiple times and look forward to returning again in the future. It’s a great hike!
A lone petroglyph pecked at the edge of a patch of desert varnish. This little guy is found among many other unique petroglyphs in Shay Canyon.
These interesting petroglyphs are found on a patch of sandstone above the Colorado River near Moab. I’m not exactly sure what the large figure at the top represents, but a four-toed bear could be a possibility.
An amazing panel of Basketmaker petroglyphs found along the San Juan River near the mouth of Butler Wash. One of the largest panels around, and a popular stop for rafters on the river. This is just a very small selection of all the petroglyphs found at this location.
As we hiked up a small side canyon that was a little tough to access, I wasn’t quite sure what, if anything, we would find. When I spotted this large vibrant white pictograph off in the distance, I knew it was something cool. There was quite a bit of other rock art in this small side canyon, but I have to say that this unique figure was my favorite of them all.
On my way home from The Needles this last weekend, I took the long way home from Monticello so that I could make a few quick stops at some new rock art sites in Western Colorado. The main site I wanted to visit was this one, located on a large boulder along the Dolores River. These petroglyphs are very unique and are believed to be a cross between the Glen Canyon Style and the Uncompahgre Style. They sure do look a little like aliens 😉