Moab Area Rock Art V | Sunday, February 27, 2011
On Sunday the weather forecast called for 60% chance of snow in Moab. Grand Junction and Moab had the same forecast on Saturday as well, so I figured they would be wrong again and I made my way over to Moab. It was a good decision because it turned out to be a perfect day for hiking! I’m glad I didn’t stay home. My destination for the day was to hike the Hidden Valley trail into the Behind the Rocks area to find some petroglyphs. This trail has been on my to-do list for a while, and now I regret not hiking it sooner. Besides being a nice hike, there were a bunch of petroglyphs to be found.
The start of the climb up through the Moab Rim and into Hidden Valley
This is what a 60% chance of snow looks like in Hidden Valley…
One of the more interesting petroglyphs along the way. A large shield-like figure with a smaller anthropomorph inside.
This panel contains the longest and straightest line of sheep I have come across so far.
These two figures look like they might be fighting.
As usual, there are plenty of bighorn sheep petroglyphs all around.
This line of small anthropomorphs reminds me of paper cutouts.
This bighorn has left some tracks behind.
It looks like the figure on the left has a line of bighorn sheep following him possibly with some dogs following behind.
Looking up at the Maze Panel. There are two figures here that look like they represent a maze, which would be pretty descriptive of the surrounding area.
A busy petroglyph panel that has a nice glow from the afternoon sun.
A small person next to a larger maze represents the area that this petroglyph is found in very nicely.
Looking up at some large shield-type figures surrounded by some smaller petroglyphs.
A line of burden bearers follow a flute player.
I found many petroglyphs throughout the day, but this was the only faint pictograph (or actually a pictoglyph since part of it is a petroglyph) I managed to find. Unfortunately, this panel was badly vandalized. The large shield-like figure at the top of the panel is outlined in a red pigment.
I was hoping to reach Watchtower Ruin on this hike, but unfortunately I was unable to climb up to it since I lacked the necessary climbing skills. Here’s the best photo of the ruin I could get from below.
View looking back from the point I turned around and headed back down.
Selective focus on the Line of Sheep petroglyphs.
Bighorn sheep are a common sight in petroglyphs, but this one has long wavy horns, which is pretty unusual.
A footprint with seven toes.
After reaching the end of my hike for the day, I headed back the way I came. I spotted this panel high above that I managed to miss on my way there. Sometimes it’s good for me to walk both directions looking for rock art, because I almost always miss something the first time.
A closer look at the High Panel.
A different view of the Inside Out petroglyph panel.
What is it? This petroglyph looks like it has the body of a bighorn sheep, claws of a crab and a candle-holder on top!
A view over Hidden Valley on my hike back out.
Like I said at the beginning, I’m glad that I did not stay home on Sunday. It was a great day for hiking, I found a lot of new rock art, and had a great time!