San Rafael Swell Rock Art VII
Sunday, October 30, 2011
After spending Saturday hiking to the Dragonfly Panel, I decided to head over to the San Rafael Swell to visit some new rock art sites. The first site I visited is actually just a little bit west of the Swell along Ivie Creek at the edge of the Wasatch Plateau. It was a little tricky finding the way up to this panel, but I did manage to make it up there.
Three red anthropomorphs and one very long snake.
These handprints and the large shield figure are located in the same alcove.
A closer look at the three Fremont figures.
After visiting the first site, I headed back east a little ways and then followed Quitchupah Creek, which also flows down from the Wasatch Plateau, in search of more rock art.
While scanning the canyon walls, this is the first faint panel I found. It looks like there were a few figures holding hands here at one time.
Then just a little further up the canyon I found quite a few more petroglyphs and pictographs in one area including this strange design. I’m not sure what it is, but it reminds me a little of this Ute petroglyph found in Dominguez Canyon.
Many more petroglyphs found nearby.
A high panel of petroglyphs near the previous one. A few of the figures look like they could be Barrier Canyon Style?
A line of Fremont anthropomorphic pictographs that are holding hands.
A few red handprints and a small anthropomorph…plus some other faint designs.
Another Fremont figure and a couple of snakes hidden under an overhang near the ground.
A very cool petroglyph panel that appears to contain some newer figures pecked over some much older petroglyphs. Too bad it was damaged in 1903 by W. Beebe…
A lone bighorn sheep body without any legs.
Quite a few older petroglyphs are found here. If you look closely at the black section of the rock you can see some very faint ones there as well.
When I was done photographing the rock art along Quitchupah Creek I drove up through Ferron and then over to the Molen Seep panels. Unfortunately, the sun was shining directly on most of these panels and causing problems with shadows which made it tough to get some decent photos. I will need to go back at a different time of the day or on an overcast day for better photos in the future. Here are the best photos I managed to get this time…
A large anthropomorph and rainbow with some smaller figures in the scene.
One of the petroglyph panels found here. The vertical line of circles is interesting and there also appears to be a large bear print, too.
There are many moccasins or sandals in this unique petroglyphs panel.
The Family Panel is painted in the Barrier Canyon Style and appears to represent a family. Luckily this one was all in the shade of the overhang, so I was able to get a nice shot of it.
This is the top portion of the Rain Panel. This is a very cool set of pictographs that I was looking forward to seeing this trip. Unfortunately, the lower portion of the panel was in the sun while the top section was in the shade…I will have to return to get a better photo of this site.
Here’s a closer look at some of the details found in the Rain Panel. These skinny and tall figures are very cool.
See if you can spot the petroglyphs found on the canyon wall in this photo. On the left there is a figure that looks like it might represent a turkey.
After hiking back to my Jeep from the Molen Seep panels, I drove up to visit the petroglyphs near Kings Crown. Here’s a photo of the Kings Crown Petroglyphs with the Wasatch Plateau in the background. It would have been a bit nicer if there were some clouds in the sky…
A closer look at the petroglyphs.
Before ending my day and driving back home, I made one last stop at the Rochester Creek Panel. Here’s a few of the hidden Barrier Canyon Style petroglyphs found here.
A little hunting scene.
Just a small portion of the very large petroglyph panel.
While searching the area for something new, I did manage to come across some more modern ‘rock art’ I guess this guy is having a little trouble with his horse!