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.

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Look Up in Shay Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Shay Canyon Petroglyph Panels by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

One of the larger petroglyph panels.

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Shay Canyon Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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

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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…

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Indian Creek Mastodon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Shay Canyon Mastodon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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

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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.

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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.

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It’s a Party! by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Flute Players by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Shay Canyon Corner Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This guy was all by himself.

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Lone Man by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Shay Canyon Panel 2 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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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.

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Teardrop Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Shay Canyon Panels 4 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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