Moab Area Rock Art XIII
Saturday, November 19, 2011
On Saturday I met up with my friend Marty near Moab so that we could revisit a few rock art sites and maybe find some new ones. We met up at the Courthouse Wash trailhead so that I could get some new photos of the Courthouse Wash Panel. The last time I was here it was sunny and the direct sunlight really washed out the pictographs. Since we were there early in the morning this time, everything was still in the shadows.
Here’s a wide view of the full Courthouse Wash Panel. Unfortunately this panel was heavily vandalized in 1980, but conservation work has helped preserve and stabilize the site.
A closer look at some of the pictographs that stand out the most.
Petroglyphs on large boulders at the base of the large pictograph panel.
After leaving Courthouse Wash we headed over to the Blue Buffalo Site. This is another site that was vandalized sometime in 2002 when someone decided to wipe out the pictograph. In the photo below you can barely see part of the Blue Buffalo just to the left of the shield figure in the middle.
A closer look at the petroglyphs just below the old Blue Buffalo pictograph panel.
A few more blue petroglyphs found nearby including a figure that might be an elk.
There were also plenty of petroglyphs on the top face of a few sandstone slabs just below the Blue Elk Panel.
There were many faint blue pictographs found all over the place here, but most of them were barely visible anymore. This was another of the better ones.
We found this small Barrier Canyon Style petroglyph nearby as we searched the sandstone walls.
The last panel we found nearby contained two moderate-sized Barrier Canyon Style anthropomorphs. Both of these figures have dotted circles around their heads.
A close look at the larger anthropomorph.
Next up we drove over to visit The Owl Panel in Kane Creek Canyon. I wanted to revisit the site and re-photograph the petroglyphs up there and Marty had not been there before. On our way up to the main panel we did some other exploring in the area to make sure we didn’t miss anything. Marty took this photo of me below the big arch-shaped alcove. See if you can find me.
Of course I got a photo of the impressive owl petroglyph.
Marty took this photo of me…taking a photo.
I was probably taking this photo in the photo above.
This hunter appears to have a bighorn sheep in his sights.
The petroglyphs at this site are well-executed and in amazing shape.
Here’s a photo with Marty in it for scale. It’s a pretty large site.
While searching the area for other petroglyphs, I went to go step on this rock…luckily I looked down first and caught myself! I’m sure many people have walked right over these without ever noticing them.
The main figure in this panel looks like it’s a basket.
Here’s one more photo of the full Owl Panel.
On our way back to town we made a quick stop so I could get a better photo of the Medallion Panel.
When we reached the Jeeps again we still had plenty of daylight left. I had planned on these site visits taking most of the day, but we finished up much earlier than I expected. Since we still had plenty of time, we decided to drive up to the Book Cliffs for a few hours before heading back home. Stay tuned for that portion of the trip in another report.