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Couple

Couple

Two interesting anthropomorphs behind a few boulders along the Three Kings Trail on the McConkie Ranch near vernal, Utah. I refer to this pair as ‘The Couple’ though it’s not an official name.

In Between

In Between

This anthropomorph along the Three Kings Trail on the McConkie Ranch is pecked into a dark colored sandstone which seems to be squeezed between a lighter sandstone and colorful lichen covered stone.

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Warrior Shield

Warrior Shield

Since I am on a roll posting photos of petroglyphs near McKee Springs, here’s another one I took on my recent trip to Dinosaur National Monument.

McKee Spring Sun Shield Panel

McKee Sun Shield Panel

After spending most of the day at the Dinosaur Quarry and along the Tour of the Tilted Rocks in Dinosaur National Monument, we drove up to the McKee Springs petroglyph panels for sunset. I have been to these panels before and they are certainly among my favorites, which is why I wanted to get some better photos of them. Visiting these panels at sunset with a great sky was just amazing, and I came away with a lot of great photos. This is probably my favorite panel in the park and I really like they way this photo turned out. I hope you like it, too!

McKee Buffalo Panel

McKee Buffalo Panel

This is one of the many awesome petroglyph panels located near McKee Springs in Dinosaur National Monument. When we visited again last month my goal was to photograph these panels around sunset which worked out really well.

Lichen Man

Lichen Man

A lone anthropomorphic figure on the McConkie Ranch in Dry Fork is carved next to a sandstone outcrop that is covered in colorful lichen. I spent hours on the McConkie Ranch exploring and photographing all the rock art. I’m looking forward to heading back again next chance I get.

The Twins

The Twins

These two anthropomorphs, known as ‘The Twins,’ mark the end of one of the trails that leads you by many petroglyphs at the McConkie Ranch. I had visited these earlier in the day when it was completely overcast, but am glad I returned after the sun started to peek out of the clouds.

Hula-Hoop Men

Hula-Hoop Men

Two large anthropomorphic figures at the McConkie Ranch that seem to be holding large shields. I took this photo shortly after the overcast skies that were present all morning had finally started to break for a short while allowing some sunlight to shine directly onto the sandstone walls.

Gears in the Sky

Gears in the Sky

Looking up at a few smaller petroglyph panels on the McConkie Ranch located near Vernal, Utah. One of my friends said the circular shield-like figures visible in this photo reminded him of gears, which is where the name for this photo came from. These are only a couple of the many petroglyph panels you can find on the trail to the Three Kings Panel.

McKee Springs Petroglyphs

McKee Springs Petroglyphs

Of all of the many awe-inspiring petroglyph panels located near McKee Springs in Dinosaur National Monument, I would have to say that this one is probably my favorite. Heck, it’s one of my favorite petroglyph panels in all of Utah! I’ve put it on my calendar to get back to Dinosaur this fall to get some new photos of this site, plus to visit a few new sites as well. I’m looking forward to it!

The Couple

The Couple

There are many spectacular petroglyphs located at the McConkie Ranch in Dry Fork, but this one really seemed to stand out to me as we hiked past it on our way to visit the Three Kings. On our way back, the sky had cleared up just enough to show some blue and I took a few photos of it that I think turned out well. This is probably my favorite of the bunch.

Sun Carrier

Sun Carrier

The Uinta Basin in Northeastern Utah features some of the finest rock art in Utah and a very distinct subdivision of the Fremont Style known as the Classic Vernal Style. The Sun Carrier panel, also known as The Three Kings panel has been called the greatest petroglyph panel in the world. While that description might be just a little over the top, it absolutely has to be up near the top of that list. This panel is in a very unique location on a sandstone pillar about two-thirds of the way up the cliff from the canyon floor. Not only are the human-like figures very large and lifelike, they are also highly detailed and decorated. It also appears that there is also some red pigment left on the panel, especially on the large sun-like figure and the central human figure. It makes one wonder just how much paint there may have been on this panel when it was created that has weathered away…

I would like to extend my thanks to the McConkie Ranch for allowing the public onto their property so that those of us who enjoy viewing rock art can experience the many fine petroglyphs located here. I encourage anyone who is interested in rock art to make the trip up there to view all the spectacular rock art…you won’t be disappointed!