It took me a little while to finally find these petroglyphs after two different trips searching for them. I was just about to give up again this time when they caught my eye. I wasn’t looking quite high enough to find them originally.
Some believe that this scene depicts Coyote in the act of placing the stars. According to one Hopi creation myth, Old Spider Woman provides Coyote with with a sack filled with stars. After climbing to the top of a mountain he begins to distribute them neatly in the heavens, including creating the well-known constellations. Soon, he grows tired of this work and picks up the bag to throw its contents into the sky. This is the reason why many of the stars are not arranged in an orderly fashion.
Looking at this petroglyph site you can see many dots surrounding the coyote-like figure that could represent the stars and the bag-like object that is held in one of its hands.
Here’s a large and very interesting petroglyph panel found in a narrow slot between two big boulders. The well-defined anthropomorph and bighorn sheep are pretty cool in their own right, but the very unusual bird figure at the lower left is really interesting. Because of the narrowness of the slot, it was tough to get a photo of this site without a very wide angle lens. To give you an overview of the location of this panel, here’s a photo my friend Marty took of me as I took some photos from above.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The weekend after getting back home from my trip to Arizona we headed up to Dinosaur National Monument so that we could visit the newly-opened Dinosaur Quarry. After checking out the dinosaur bones we took a drive along Cub Creek so that I could visit the petroglyphs found there. This lizard is one of the more impressive ones to be found in the area. Don’t let the photo fool you, it’s bigger than it looks! There are many petroglyphs of lizards found here which I haven’t seen anywhere else.
There are many petroglyphs located above the confluence of Rochester Creek and Muddy Creek. This is a closer look of the main and most famous panel at the site. It contains Barrier Canyon Style elements, Fremont petroglyphs and probably some later Ute figures, too. There are also some very unusual creatures found in this panel that no one can seem to agree on who carved them! I have visited this panel a couple of times and I always notice something new on each visit.
45 Degree Rock is a well-known panel located at the base of Cedar Mountain in the San Rafael Swell. Most photos I have seen of this panel are of the complete boulder that they are located on, which sticks out of the ground at approximately a 45 degree angle. I went for a little different perspective here looking down the face of the rock. If you look closely, you can find the small hunched-over figure that appears to have a burden basket on it’s back.
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.
This is part of a large panel found in Short Canyon that has more recent petroglyphs, that are most likely Fremont in origin, pecked over some unique pictographs that may be Barrier Canyon Style.
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.
These three figures found on a large boulder at the base of Cedar Mountain in the San Rafael Swell are known as the Daisy Chain. There are a few other petroglyph panels found in the area that are easily accessible and very well known.
An excellent example of a Fremont anthropomorph found high above Clear Creek in Fremont Indian State Park. I liked the way that this one looked in black and white over the color version.