Moab Area Rock Art VII | Sunday, March 6, 2011
On Sunday I met my friend Marty who was going to hike with me to find the Solstice Snake petroglyph. I have been searching for this particular petroglyph for a while and was hoping to find it before this year’s solstice. Marty had visited this petroglyph about 14 years ago and wanted to return. He had a general idea of where it was located, but not an exact location. Luckily, his general location was close enough for us to eventually find it, even after going the wrong way and having to scramble around on many scree slopes. That extra scrambling and searching added an extra 2-3 miles to our hike for a total of 9.75 miles round trip. Even with the extra hiking, it was a great adventure and we had fun searching the area.
The amazing Solstice Snake petroglyph.
It’s a big petroglyph. I’ve been told it’s over 17 feet long. Here’s a photo with me (taken by Marty) for some scale.
Marty with the snake.
It appears to be slithering away.
Face to face with the serpent.
After spending some time at with the big snake, we continued our search for a pithouse and ‘Altar Table,’ as Marty referred to it, that was supposed to be nearby. We managed to find these after some searching, too.
We first came across the remains of a pithouse and then found these small petroglyphs on the cliff behind it.
Next we found some more petroglyphs as we searched for the ‘altar table’
Some closer views of each panel.
Finally we found the ‘Altar Table’ hidden in a small alcove nearby that we had to scramble up to. This is certainly one of the more unique scenes that I have come across while out exploring. Marty has a photos of this same setup that he took 14 years ago and was surprised to see that everything was still there. There were some petroglyphs here, too.
Another small petroglyph panel located above the ‘Altar Table’
The hike pretty much took us most of the day and we were pretty worn out by the time we reached our Jeeps, but it was worth it. I’m looking forward to heading back in June for the summer solstice! Though, I could do without the heat that the summer will bring.