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Stearns Wash Petroglyphs

Moab Area Rock Art X
Sunday, May 29, 2011

On my way home from the Comb Ridge area I decided to make an unplanned stop and hike up Stearns Wash in search of some petroglyphs. I had read that there were petroglyphs somewhere along Stearns Wash but I had no idea where. I figured I would just hike up the wash and would hopefully find them. Luckily, early in my hike I picked out a spot ahead of me that I thought looked like it might be a good place to search. Once I found the way there I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had chosen well.

There were a bunch of petroglyphs located at this site, many of them bighorn sheep, but most of them were pretty faint and didn’t photograph too well. Here’s some of the better photos I was able to take at the site.

This was the first set of petroglyphs I came across that let me know I was at the right place.

Sheep Line by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

An outline of a pretty large anthropomorphic figure.

Faded Anthropomorph by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

One of the ‘more visible’ sheep petroglyphs at the site.

Another Stearns Sheep by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Not quite sure what is going on in this panel…very unusual.

Stearns Figures by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A line of bighorn sheep.

Sheep in a Line by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another outline of an anthropomorph with a large bighorn sheep.

Faint Outline by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The biggest bighorn petroglyph I found.

Stearns Wash Sheep by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Just a little nearby scenery. There was still plenty of dust in the air from all the wind throughout the day.

Convent in the Dust by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After hiking back to my Jeep from the petroglyph site I continued on my way home to finish off the weekend.

>> Stearns Wash Photo Gallery

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