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The Great Hunt at Sunset

The Great Hunt at Sunset

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Warriors

Warriors

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The Big Elk

The Big Elk

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Sheepwalking

Sheepwalking

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Pregnant Buffalo

Pregnant Buffalo

There are plenty of unique petroglyphs found within Nine Mile Canyon, and this one depicting a pregnant buffalo is certainly among them.

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Placing the Stars

Placing the Stars

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.

>> Black Friday in Nine Mile Canyon

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!

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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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Family Panel

Family Panel

Here’s a pretty well-known panel located in Nine Mile Canyon, among the many other rock art sites, known as the Family Panel. I guess that someone thought this lineup of figures could possibly represent a family, assuming that the family includes a scorpion, a desert bighorn sheep and some kind of shield-like figure 😉 No matter what this panel might represent, it’s still pretty cool to look at and study.

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Long-Necked Sheep

Long-Necked Sheep

I just love this petroglyph of a long-necked sheep found in Nine Mile Canyon. Talk about a very unique petroglyph! I wonder what the heck this could have represented or meant?

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Big Buffalo

Big Buffalo

The Big Buffalo Panel near the confluence of Cottonwood Canyon and Nine Mile Canyon. I visited this one shortly before the sun dropped down below the rim of the canyon walls above. The bottom portion of this large panel is fading away with time, but the Big Buffalo and other figures higher off the ground remain and are still in good condition. There are many other unique and interesting panels in the area, including the well-known Great Hunt Panel.

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