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The Ascending Sheep & Ferron Box

San Rafael Swell Rock Art I
Saturday, April 23, 2011

The weekend following my long week in The Maze and on Cedar Mesa I was ready to head back out and search for some rock art. This time Amanda and I headed back to the San Rafael Swell so that we could attempt to visit the Ascending Sheep Panel and the Ferron Box panels. Back in March Dave and I had attempted to get to the Ascending Sheep Panel, but the snow we got that day slowed us down and we ran out of time after spending most of the day in Short Canyon. This time we also got snowed on in the morning, but not enough to slow us down too much, but just enough to get my Jeep dirty and our shoes muddy.

Our first stop was at The Juggler. Unfortunately, it was still snowing a bit when we were here and the ground was pretty muddy…it was that bentonite clay that sticks to your shoes and eventually dries like cement. I hate that stuff!

The Juggler by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A small snake petroglyph near the large snake petroglyph at the base of the Molen Reef.

Small Snake by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Face to face with the large snake.

Molen Snake by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The Molen Reef Snake Petroglyph slithering away

Slithering Away by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This is an amazing pictograph panel! It’s not very big, but the details are just stunning! The main figure is anthropomorphic, but has a bighorn sheep’s head with a snake’s tongue and what looks like a bird’s feet. It’s also holding a bird-like figure on it’s outstretched hand. Not to mention all of the small bighorn sheep in this panel.

Ascending Sheep by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Besides the Ascending Sheep Panel, this was the other main pictograph panel that I wanted to visit on this trip. It’s a very cool pictograph and petroglyph (pictoglyph) panel along Ferron Creek. Unfortunately, at some point in the past someone ruined the left side of the panel with plaster…

Rainbow Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A line up of small anthropomorphic pictographs high above. They remind me of the small clay Fremont figurines that have been found. I’ve heard this panel referred to as the ‘Segregation Panel’ before.

Ferron Line Up by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the pictographs from above.

Line of Spirits by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A red and black snake-like pictograph located along Ferron Creek.

Red & Black Snake by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A pictograph panel located at the Head of Sinbad. The top part of this panel hasn’t survived.

Feet of Sinbad by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

To the left of the Feet of Sinbad are a few faint pictographs, including this anthropomorph.

Barely Visible by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Just the ‘typical’ photo of these pictographs at the Head of Sinbad through the tree in front. Figured I might as well have a shot through the tree in my collection.

Typical Shaman by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s my take on the Skeleton Shaman at the Head of Sinbad.

Skeleton Shaman by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A very detailed panel at the Head of Sinbad. It looks like the anthropomorph has a copyright symbol on it’s chest.

Copyright by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look that the snake and the circle (that looks like a clock) above the Skeleton Shaman.

The Snake and the Clock by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Just a closer look at one of the interesting figures of the Head of Sinbad pictographs.

Gremlin by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Before heading home we made a quick stop at the Lone Warrior pictograph.

Lone Warrior in the Rocks by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We had a great day exploring some new rock art panels and revisiting some others and I’m looking forward to heading back to the San Rafael Swell in search of more!

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  1. Connie Bridge
    Connie Bridge June 29, 2016

    Good Morning,
    I am on my way to find the Ferron Box petroglyphs and pictographs friday. My favorites in that area have been those by Swaseys Cabin (Head of Sinbad), Rochester Panel, Buckhorn Wash, ALLLLLLL of Nine Mile.
    While researching I found your site that has the Ascending Sheep panel. My question, is that on the road to Ferron Box? Also the other photos above the Head of Sinbad and below the snake. Are they on the way to Ferron Box?
    I am by myself (I’m from Sandy, Utah so it is a short drive) so any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Kathy
    Kathy March 3, 2018

    Your photographs are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with the world.

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