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Shay Canyon Petroglyphs

Saturday, February 5, 2011

After taking some photos at Newspaper Rock, I headed over to explore Shay Canyon. This was my first visit to this canyon and I knew there should be many petroglyphs found here. I was not disappointed! I spent a while here hiking along the canyon wall searching for and photographing the many petroglyphs I found along the way.

Most of the time while I was in Shay Canyon the skies were overcast, but just before I was ready to hike back to the Jeep, the clouds cleared a little and the sun light reflected off the canyon walls. I snapped these two photos when that happened.

Look Up in Shay Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Shay Canyon Petroglyph Panels by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

One of the larger petroglyph panels.

Shay Canyon Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This panel was located high above next to a crack in the canyon wall.

Shay Canyon Crack Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This is the another of the so-called ‘mastodon’ petroglyphs in the area (another being the Moab Mastodon). To me it looks just like another bear…

Indian Creek Mastodon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Shay Canyon Mastodon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The lower petroglyph in the following photo kind of looks like a smiling face to me.

Smiling Face by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The hunter with the bow and arrow appears to be shooting at a four-legged animal and three round targets in this scene.

Target Practice by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There are many petroglyphs of flute players here and this panel has the most in one place. It even appears a bighorn sheep is dancing to the music.

It’s a Party! by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Flute Players by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Shay Canyon Corner Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This guy was all by himself.

Lone Man by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Shay Canyon Panel 2 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Shay Canyon Panel 3 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I called this one the Teardrop Panel because the shape of the canyon wall here resembles a tear drop.

Teardrop Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Shay Canyon Panels 4 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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