Friday-Sunday, February 11-13, 2011
Amanda and I both took off Friday from work for my birthday so that we could spend a long weekend at Fremont Indian State Park. On Friday morning we were up early and then headed west into Utah. On our way there, we made a quick stop to get a few photos of the Tree of Life petroglyph panel.
After finishing the drive to Richfield and checking into our hotel early, we headed straight for Fremont Indian State Park. We ended up spending the rest of the day there until it got dark and then we returned on Saturday for another full day of exploring the park. Instead of boring you with our movements throughout the day, I’m just going to post a bunch of the photos I took with a little info about each. These are in no particular order.
The largest anthropomorph in the park seems to be standing guard over Clear Creek Canyon. To the left there appears to be a hunting scene with thirteen bighorn sheep.
Newspaper Rock is the largest petroglyph panel in the park. It contains over 250 elements carved into the sandstone.
A couple of bighorn sheep right next to Newspaper Rock.
A petroglyph panel near Newspaper Rock along the Rim Trail.
This anthropomorph along the Court of Ceremonies Trail has been modified by a bullet hole giving it the name Cyclops.
A large petroglyph panel along the Parade of Rock Art Trail glowing in the early morning sunlight.
The largest anthropomorph figure in Fremont Indian State Park in black & white.
This petroglyph panel in Skinner Canyon is located here for a reason. It is thought to tell about the great drought which has been confirmed by tree-rings to have occurred in the 1200s. The lines of dots show the fields of corn that had been planted, but did not come up. The human with his hands in the air is praying for water.
This petroglyph that looks like a spaceman along the Parade of Rock Art Trail has been identified as being carved there by Paitues, most likely in the late 1880s.
A large but faint petroglyph panel at the end of the Hidden Secrets Trail.
A hunting scene panel located in Skinner Canyon across from Spider Woman Rock. The figures are faint in the direct sunlight, but that same sunlight caused the rock to glow orange.
This petroglyph panel along the Parade of Rock Art is interpreted as being a map. The seven triangles are thought to be the mountains you see on the south horizon. Directions can be determined by the way that the two sheep face. The top one faces the setting sun and the bottom on the rising sun, if they were parallel to the mountains. Above the triangles, the sheep are arranged around a concentric circle. Similar circles are often seen in rock art and are thought to mean water. This corresponds to the features of the area since on the other side of the mountains there is water at Puffer Lake.
This petroglyph panel along the Rim Trail near Newspaper Rock contains a few square spirals. There’s even a small anthropomorph in the upper right hand corner that is separated from the rest of the panel.
These two faint figures can be found along the Parade of Rock Art trail near the museum.
Inside of a replica pithouse that was copied from varying features of the ones found on Five Finger Ridge.
The ‘Arch of Art’ contains many petroglyph and pictograph panels that can be spotted from the main viewpoint. The tricky part is actually locating them all. This is one of them. Notice the faint pictographs on the right side.
Here’s another panel found on the ‘Arch of Art’. It’s not really an arch, but the formation that houses these panels is arched.
This blanket pictograph might look small, but it’s actually about 16 feet long and 4 feet tall. The paint was dated as being about 250 years old. There is a legend about this blanket pictograph: Many years ago a group of Indians passed through Clear Creek Canyon on the way to their winter camping area. While in the canyon the new baby of a young Indian girl died and was buried near the site of the blanket pictograph. During the winter the mother could not get the thought of her baby being alone in the winter cold out of her mind. The next spring she made preparations and returned to paint the blanket for her lost baby to use in the future cold winters. (The source of this legend is residents of the local towns near the park, not the Paiutes)
Just another photo of the largest anthropomorph in the park, and one of my favorite petroglyphs I came across while exploring the park.
I’m all for protecting rock art, but this is a bit extreme for me…
We spotted this petroglyph panel when we first arrived at the park as it was easily visible from the road. We returned later to photograph it in the late afternoon sunlight.
We didn’t find these two good-sized petroglyphs near Radford’s Roost until our second day, even though they were near the road.
We found this panel when were were exploring the Canyon of Life.
Another of the larger petroglyph panels located along the Rim Trail between the large anthropomorph and Newspaper Rock.
A large boulder near the Arch of Art that has a few petroglyphs on it.
A closer look at the top of the Hunting Maps panel along the Parade of Rock Art trail.
After spending almost two full days at Fremont Indian State Park it was time to start heading home. Instead of taking I-70 all the way home like we had taken there, we headed east towards Boulder Mountain and Capitol Reef so that we could make a few more stops. Our first stop was Fish Creek Cove to check out the Headless Elk Pictograph Panel and other pictographs and petroglyphs in the area.
A closer look at the headless elk pictographs.
One and a half anthropomorphic pictographs.
A few more pictographs located next to The Headless Elk Panel.
A close-up of two of the headless elk.
After searching the alcove in Fish Creek Cove for more pictographs and petroglyphs I found this ‘pictoglyph’ in the shade of a tree. I kind of like the effect of the shaded and sunny areas in this photo.
This small anthropomorph floats above the rest of the Headless Elk Panel.
A fading anthropomorph on a striped wall.
A two-toned ‘shield-like’ figure.
After leaving Fish Creek Cove we continued on our way home, but we made one last stop at the Fremont River Gorge Petroglyphs in Capitol Reef National Park.
After leaving Capitol Reef we stopped for a burger at Ray’s in Green River before finishing up the drive home. It was a great birthday weekend!