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Lavender Granary

Lavender Granary

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Three Warriors

Three Warriors

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.

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Nine Faces

Nine Faces

Besides visiting the Thirteen Faces pictographs last weekend, we also managed to find the Nine Faces. These ghostly figures are all white and not as colorful, but there are at least nine of them that are still visible!

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High Five Panel

High Five Panel

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.

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Six of Thirteen

Six of Thirteen

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.

>> The Elusive Horse Canyon

Cracked Shield

Cracked Shield

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.

>> Salt Creek Exploring & The Drive Home

Pictographs & Stars

Pictographs & Stars

When I was camped at Peekaboo Spring in Salt Creek Canyon over Memorial Day weekend, I took the opportunity to take a few night shots of the nice pictograph panel found here when it got dark enough out.

>> Devil’s Kitchen to Peekaboo

Concentric Man

Concentric Man

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.

>> Salt Creek Exploring & The Drive Home

Square Head

Square Head

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.

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White Dot Panel

White Dot Panel

Earlier this month I spent some time searching The Needles and Indian Creek for ruins and rock art. As I searched along Indian Creek, I found this nice panel of white pictographs. Most of it is comprised of white dots arranged in lines that remind me of the panel near Peekaboo Spring in Salt Creek Canyon. There are also a few different kinds of handprints found here.

>> The Needles & Indian Creek

Cat Man

Cat Man

Let’s go back to a pictograph I took a photo of last weekend in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. This figure is probably one of the most unique out of all of the figures at the Flying Carpet Panel. The interior designs on the torso are very interesting, and while this particular anthropomorph is probably not a cat, the head on this sure reminds me of one. It looks like there might even be a snake over it’s head, or maybe that’s just an arc?

>> Labor Day Weekend in the Needles

Grabens Panelramic

Grabens Panelramic

Here’s something a little different- my first panoramic, or should I say panelramic photo that I have posted on the blog. I knew before visiting this panel that it was going to be a tough one to photograph, and it was. There are some very unique anthropomorphs found in this Barrier Canyon Style panel with interesting interior designs. This is my first attempt at bringing out the details in this photo. I may try a few more techniques in Photoshop to try and bring it out more when I have a chance. It’s an awesome panel that you can see had a lot of detail at one time, but unfortunately it’s just not in that good of shape anymore. Make sure to click on the photo to view a larger size on Flickr so you can get a better look at all the details here.

>> Labor Day Weekend in the Needles

Peekaboo Panel

Peekaboo Panel

I posted a black and white version of this photo on Tuesday, but I wanted to go ahead and post a color version that shows more of this very unique panel found near Peekaboo Spring in Salt Creek Canyon. They are hard to see in this particular photo, but the white Anasazi pictographs are actually painted over a few very faint Barrier Canyon Style pictographs at this site.

>> Labor Day Weekend in the Needles

Flying Carpet

Flying Carpet

I visited a number of new rock art panels this past weekend including the spectacular Flying Carpet Panel. This is another unique Barrier Canyon Style panel that contains a large rectangular figure with short arms that does kind of resemble a flying carpet. This is just a portion of the large panel of pictographs found here.

>> Labor Day Weekend in the Needles

Peekaboo Shields B&W

Peekaboo Shields B&W

Here’s another pictograph panel I visited over the holiday weekend. I’ve been waiting for the Salt Creek Road to open up for a while, but the weather just has not cooperated, so I decided to finally hike to Peekaboo. I thought that this photo of the Anasazi shield-like figures looked good in black & white. If you look very closely, you can see the very faint Barrier Canyon Style figures that these were painted over.

>> Labor Day Weekend in the Needles