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Nine Mile Owl Petroglyphs

Nine Mile Owl Petroglyphs

This past Black Friday I got up bright and early but I didn’t head to the mall or to our local big box store. Instead I took a drive through Nine Mile Canyon to find some new rock art. I’m sure I had a much better day than anyone out trying to get a deal.

One of the highlights of my day was finally visiting this awesome owl petroglyph panel. I’ve wanted to get to this one for a few months and am glad I was able to make it happen this year. The details in this petroglyph are just amazing!

>> Black Friday in Nine Mile Canyon

Great Hunt Alcove

Great Hunt Alcove

Here’s a photo of the Great Hunt Panel located in Cottonwood Canyon close to it’s junction with Nine Mile Canyon. This is probably one of the most well-known rock art panels around and still one of my favorites. I really like the perspective of this image and how it shows the overall setting of where this panel is located. I figured I would post a photo from the Nine Mile Canyon area today since that’s where I am right now! Hopefully I get some good new photos to post on the blog.

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Spiral Snake

Spiral Snake

Since I’ve been posting a lot of photos from my recent trips, I thought it might be a good idea to post something from earlier this year. This is one of my favorite horned-snake petroglyphs found in Nine Mile Canyon. This one is part of the Family Panel, which we visited back in May of this year.

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Leading A Horse to Water

Leading a Horse to Water

One of the many Ute petroglyphs found along the road in Nine Mile Canyon. This historic scene features a rider on a horse being led somewhere by someone with a rope. I wonder where they could be headed?

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Snake Arm Alcove

Snake Arm Alcove

Here’s a large Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel that I found in the Book Cliffs this spring which unfortunately has been heavily vandalized and chalked over the years. This photo shows an overview of the main panel in the large shallow alcove that it is located in. I liked the way that the desert varnish frames this panel…..the figures almost blend in with the natural colors when viewed from a distance. The largest anthropomorphic figure appears to have a snake in place of one of it’s arms. Around the corner there are a bunch of petroglyphs carved into the sandstone, but the lighting was poor while I was there, so I will have to return another time to try and photograph those.

>> RMNP Spring Fling 2011