Moab Area Rock Art XIV
Saturday, December 3, 2011
After a great long Thanksgiving Weekend I headed back to Moab with my friend Jackson so that we could hike and search for some new rock art panels. I had high hopes of finding many new panels and was not disappointed!
Shortly after starting our hike we came across this excellent panel. There are a few very interesting figures found here.
I really wonder what that seven-legged figure in the middle could possibly be?
This anthropomorph has very large hands and an even larger headdress.
After finding that first panel, it was a while before we stumbled upon another. Jackson actually spotted this one first, located high above us on the canyon wall. I had to switch to my long lens to get this photo of it. This is another amazing panel and I have never seen anything like the bird-like creature in the lower left with the large wingspan before. I wish we could have got a closer look at it!
We did try to find a way up to the previous panel, but were unsuccessful. In our search for a route up we did find a few more petroglyphs, including these.
This small panel was also found nearby with it’s perfectly executed spiral.
This was the next area we found a bunch of petroglyphs as we continued hiking up the canyon. There are three panels of petroglyphs found around this slot in the canyon wall. Within the slot there were also a few more petroglyphs.
This is the small panel found just to the left of the slot pictured above.
The next three photos are of the petroglyphs found to the right of the slot.
A few sheep we found as we continued searching.
Even further up the canyon we found this large panel that was partially shaded by a tree.
Jackson taking a break from the search of the canyon walls as I continue up-canyon.
While Jackson was resting, I found this nice petroglyph panel near a route that could take you up and out of the canyon. You can also see the large rock Jackson was resting on in this photo.
After finding the previous panel we decided to cross back to the other side of the canyon and see if there was anything there. It’s a good thing we did, because we ended up finding the largest concentration of petroglyphs that we would find all day, and maybe even all month! Unfortunately, when we found them we were already running short on time and daylight, so we had to quickly search and take photos. As we explored this side of the canyon we spotted some more petroglyphs back on the other side that we had not made it to…we will definitely have to return and finish searching since we didn’t have the time to visit those. The following ten photos were all taken from this awesome area.
I’m not sure what the large figure in the middle of this spectacular panel is? My best guess would be a bear, but it’s not like any of the other bears I have found in the Moab area.
The spiral tail on that sheep is interesting.
There were many petroglyphs hidden behind a more ‘recent’ rockfall at the base of this cliff. These are a few of the more visible ones, but the petroglyphs extend further to the left behind the boulders.
There are a lot of unusual sheep-like figures carved in this panel.
Before leaving Moab and driving home, I made one quick stop at the Golf Course Panel to catch the last sunlight of the day striking this panel before it dropped below the Moab Rim.
I wanted to get a nice photo of Santa’s Sleigh before Christmas.
The Moab Man Panel glows orange in the low sunlight.
A closer look at the well-known Moab Man.
I had no idea just how much rock art we were going to find when we started this hike, but it was an awesome experience. It’s high on my list to return to this site and keep searching because I’m sure there’s a lot more out there.