San Rafael Swell Rock Art I
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The weekend following my long week in The Maze and on Cedar Mesa I was ready to head back out and search for some rock art. This time Amanda and I headed back to the San Rafael Swell so that we could attempt to visit the Ascending Sheep Panel and the Ferron Box panels. Back in March Dave and I had attempted to get to the Ascending Sheep Panel, but the snow we got that day slowed us down and we ran out of time after spending most of the day in Short Canyon. This time we also got snowed on in the morning, but not enough to slow us down too much, but just enough to get my Jeep dirty and our shoes muddy.
Our first stop was at The Juggler. Unfortunately, it was still snowing a bit when we were here and the ground was pretty muddy…it was that bentonite clay that sticks to your shoes and eventually dries like cement. I hate that stuff!
A small snake petroglyph near the large snake petroglyph at the base of the Molen Reef.
Face to face with the large snake.
The Molen Reef Snake Petroglyph slithering away
This is an amazing pictograph panel! It’s not very big, but the details are just stunning! The main figure is anthropomorphic, but has a bighorn sheep’s head with a snake’s tongue and what looks like a bird’s feet. It’s also holding a bird-like figure on it’s outstretched hand. Not to mention all of the small bighorn sheep in this panel.
Besides the Ascending Sheep Panel, this was the other main pictograph panel that I wanted to visit on this trip. It’s a very cool pictograph and petroglyph (pictoglyph) panel along Ferron Creek. Unfortunately, at some point in the past someone ruined the left side of the panel with plaster…
A line up of small anthropomorphic pictographs high above. They remind me of the small clay Fremont figurines that have been found. I’ve heard this panel referred to as the ‘Segregation Panel’ before.
A closer look at the pictographs from above.
A red and black snake-like pictograph located along Ferron Creek.
A pictograph panel located at the Head of Sinbad. The top part of this panel hasn’t survived.
To the left of the Feet of Sinbad are a few faint pictographs, including this anthropomorph.
Just the ‘typical’ photo of these pictographs at the Head of Sinbad through the tree in front. Figured I might as well have a shot through the tree in my collection.
Here’s my take on the Skeleton Shaman at the Head of Sinbad.
A very detailed panel at the Head of Sinbad. It looks like the anthropomorph has a copyright symbol on it’s chest.
A closer look that the snake and the circle (that looks like a clock) above the Skeleton Shaman.
Just a closer look at one of the interesting figures of the Head of Sinbad pictographs.
Before heading home we made a quick stop at the Lone Warrior pictograph.
We had a great day exploring some new rock art panels and revisiting some others and I’m looking forward to heading back to the San Rafael Swell in search of more!