We sure did see a lot of ‘faces’ pictographs last weekend in Canyonlands National Park. Besides the Thirteen Faces and Nine Faces panels, we also found the Eleven Faces. While there may have been Eleven Faces in this panel at one point in time, eight of them are really still visible. The three figures in the photo above were the three rightmost faces in the panel. Unfortunately, calcite has been leaching from the sandstone that these pictographs were painted on, so much of it has been covered in the white substance, making it difficult to photograph. I did my best to bring out the details in this photo.
I first noticed this high pictograph panel in May when I backpacked to Peekaboo Spring in Salt Creek Canyon. Since I didn’t have my long lens on that trip (too much weight), I couldn’t get a decent photo of the panel. Since I was able to drive to Peekaboo this last weekend I was able to get a closer photo of this very interesting panel. I took this photo just after sunrise when the early morning light was striking it directly for only a few moments.
Besides the very vivid reverse handprints and white zig-zag snakes, there is also an interesting large circular figure and two half circles that seem to have faded. Below those are a large white snake that is also pretty faded. The most interesting aspect of these pictographs is that they are painted very high up on a cliff with no current access to reach them…and we did try to find a way.
I just got back from a very humid weekend spent exploring Horse Canyon in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. I’ve been trying to get back into Horse Canyon for the last two years but the road has been washed out and closed for that long. When I received word a few weeks ago that the road had finally been reopened, I wasted no time and planned a trip out there…who knows when the next storm will close the road again? One of the main reasons to get back into Horse Canyon was so that I could finally visit the famous Thirteen Faces pictograph panel. This photo shows six of the Thirteen Faces, although you can really only see ten of the faces to begin with.
I’ll be posting more photos from this trip over the next week or two, so keep watching for them.
While searching a small and almost inaccessible canyon in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park a few weeks ago, I came across this bright white pictograph that really stood out and was well-preserved. I’ve not run across another design like this before. I really like how the crack in the sandstone below the pictograph kind of leads right up to it.
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.
I spent the long weekend in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park hiking and searching for more rock art. I’ve been out looking for this pictograph panel a few times before without any success. This time I finally managed to find it! I really like the trapezoidal-shaped anthropomorph found here.
Here’s a closer look at some of the figures in the Horseshoe Gallery found within Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. The dog-like figure on the left is very interesting with toes painted on each foot. There are also plenty of handprint ‘designs’ found among the larger figures, too. I’m really hoping to make it back to Horseshoe Canyon in October to visit the sites found there again.