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.

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Sheep Line by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

An outline of a pretty large anthropomorphic figure.

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Faded Anthropomorph by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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

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Another Stearns Sheep by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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

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Stearns Figures by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A line of bighorn sheep.

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Sheep in a Line by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another outline of an anthropomorph with a large bighorn sheep.

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Faint Outline by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The biggest bighorn petroglyph I found.

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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.

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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.

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