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The Birthing Panel

The Birthing Panel

Two weekends ago when I was exploring Cedar Mesa I visited The Birthing Panel. I really don’t think any explanation is necessary about what they were probably trying to convey in these petroglyphs.

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Moab’s Ascending Sheep

Moab's Ascending Sheep

Here’s a very interesting panel I came across while exploring Mill Creek Canyon near Moab last month. I have named this photo Moab’s Ascending Sheep because the long line of sheep here reminds me of the Ascending Sheep Panel in the San Rafael Swell. The large and small anthropomorphs appear to be wearing some kind of headdresses, but I cannot tell what they represent? There is also a sunburst-type petroglyph to the left of the large anthropomorph. Not only do I like the parallel lines found in the sandstone, we managed to find the panel as the sun was setting over the opposite rim of the canyon, giving the panel a nice orange-yellow color. We couldn’t have timed this visit any better!

High Fin Panel

High Fin Panel

Here’s a cool petroglyph panel located high on a sandstone fin. It was a little tricky to reach, but we were treated to an excellent view of the La Sal Mountains when we finally did make it to the top.

Santa’s Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

Since it’s Christmas I thought it might be fitting to post a photo of the petroglyph known as Santa’s Sleigh. I took this photo earlier this month after spending the day exploring Mill Creek with my friend Jackson and finding many other new petroglyph panels. We drove by it just as the last rays of the sun for the day were striking it and I just had to stop for a quick photo. I’m sure you can figure out where this panel got it’s name from just by looking at it. Happy Holidays!

Exit Panel

Exit Panel

While searching Mill Creek Canyon near Moab for petroglyphs a few weeks ago, I spotted this panel high up above the canyon floor. After climbing up to it I found a way out of the canyon just beyond it. Sometimes I wonder if these panels mark travel routes in and out of these canyons?

Moab Rim Elk

Moab Rim Elk

While hiking the Hidden Valley and Moab Rim trails on Saturday we came across an excellent Basketmaker petroglyph panel that included this lone elk figure.

Spiral Tail Panel

Spiral Tail Panel

While hiking near Moab in search of new rock art a few weeks ago, we came across this large and impressive panel just as we were running out of light and needed to head back to the Jeep. This is a very cool panel containing a few interesting figures including the bighorn sheep with the large spiral tail. However, I have no clue what the largest and most prominent figure in this panel is? My first guess was a large bear because there are a few others around Moab, but after examining the figure closely, I really have no idea what it is. Feel free to comment with any guesses as to what it might be.

Handprints & Torsos

Handprints & Torsos

The Green Mask Alcove in Sheiks Canyon contains many fine basketmaker pictographs including the well-known Green Mask. It also contains a large panel known as the Breech Birth Panel. This is a section of that panel containing many handprints and a few large-sized anthropomorphs.

Crescent Moon Panel

Crescent Moon Panel

This is a very cool petroglyph panel found along Indian Creek near Canyonlands National Park that contains many unique figures including a few crescent moons. This photo just shows a part of the full panel including a few of the larger anthropomorphs and the highest crescent moon.

Shield Bearers

Shield Bearers

While searching for some other petroglyphs in Natural Bridges National Monument a few weeks ago, Jackson and I climbed up and found this pictograph panel, which was an unexpected surprise. These white shield-bearing figures are painted over some old petroglyphs. Actually, while searching this area for more rock art we found plenty of very faint petroglyphs that didn’t photograph very well. When we first arrived at this site, the shadow of a nearby tree was casting it’s shadow on part of the panel. We stuck around until the shadow finally moved off the pictographs so that I could get a better photo. It was a nice find.

The Hunter and His Prey

The Hunter and His Prey

Here’s a fun composition of two petroglyphs taken at the magnificent Owl Panel near Moab. It appears that this hunter is taking aim with his bow and arrow at the bighorn sheep at the other end of the petroglyph panel.

Climb the Ladder

Climb the Ladder

Here’s a close look up a large ladder petroglyph that I was searching for on my last visit to Comb Ridge. This is the first petroglyph of a ladder that I have found, and it’s pretty cool. It looks like the ladder and some of the other figures were carved over some much older petroglyphs. I can’t help but wonder if this ladder is some sort of communication about the very high and almost inaccessible ruin that is found further up the canyon?

Center of the Universe

Center of the Universe

A few weeks ago I spent a short day exploring Comb Ridge and revisiting a few sites I had been to before. One of the sites I revisited was The Procession Panel. This large petroglyph panel is situated near the crest of Comb Ridge and there are spectacular views over Cedar Mesa and Lime Ridge nearby. This petroglyph panel is named after the lines of small figures that appear to be in a ‘procession’ towards the large circle shown in this photo.

Out of Reach Panel

Out of Reach Panel

Here’s a very interesting petroglyph panel my friend Jackson spotted as we hiked and searched for rock art near Moab on Saturday. This panel is located very high up on a canyon wall, well above the canyon floor. We did try to find a way up to it, but were unsuccessful, so this photo was taken with my long lens from the canyon floor. One of the more unusual figures found in this panel is the large bird-like figure found in the lower left that appears to have outstretched wings. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Above the bird-like figure there is another large four-legged creature that could possibly represent a bear?

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.