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Buckhorn Flat & Wash Rock Art

San Rafael Swell Rock Art II
Sunday, May 1, 2011

After spending a long weekend in Salt Lake City for Amanda’s birthday, we headed home through the San Rafael Swell so that I could stop at a few easily accessible rock art panels at the base of Cedar Mountain that I had not been to before. Here’s a few photos I took.

Our first stop was at The Silent Sentinel. It’s hard to tell scale from this photo, but it’s a pretty good sized petroglyph.

Silent Sentinel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Next to The Silent Sentinel was this boulder that had a bunch of petroglyphs on it.

Cedar Mountain Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Next up was a stop at the boulder that contains the Daisy Chain petroglyphs.

Daisy Chain by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then we stopped to visit a slab of rock sticking out of the ground at about a 45 degree angle containing a few more petroglyphs.

45 Degree Rock by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

At a set of rocks named Railroad Rocks, named after some historic inscriptions that are carved into them, there are a few more petroglyphs. Some say that one of them is of a duck…but I’m not so sure about that?

Duck Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look that the figure that might be a duck above a snake-like figure.

The Duck and the Snake by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This lone anthropomorph is high on the front of Railroad Rock.

Loner by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

What looks like a scorpion found along Buckhorn Wash.

Scorpion by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A larger anthropomorph found next to the scorpion posted above.

Spiral Arm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I also made another stop at The Cattle Guard Panel.

Cattle Guard Panel 2 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We also stopped at the famous Buckhorn Wash Panel along the way, but I’ve posted plenty of photos from there before and didn’t get anything better this trip, so I won’t bore you with anymore from there this time.

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  1. William W orman Jr
    William W orman Jr April 20, 2014

    Can you tell us the location of the Cattle Guard Petroglyph. We have search for 3 days but the BLM has taken up a lot of cattle guards and put down a few new ones so old directions are obsolete. Thank you.

    • Randy Langstraat
      Randy Langstraat April 20, 2014

      I don’t have the location handy at the moment but there is a large pull-out with an constructed trail right to the site.

  2. William W Gorman Jr
    William W Gorman Jr April 25, 2014

    The cattle guard has been removed by the BLM. We found the site and I hike 2/3 of the way up the boulder strewn canyon and saw nothing. I took pictures or the wall so I could enlarge them on y computer to see if I missed anything. I didn’t. Mine were the only foot prints in the canyon. Someone said afterwards the petroglyphs are near the front on the canyon wall on the left. Is this true?

    • Randy Langstraat
      Randy Langstraat April 25, 2014

      I’ve never been to this site when the cattle guard was in place. There is a large pull-off (parking area) on the side of the the road with a constructed trail that leads right to the site. It’s a well-used trail. You cannot see the site from the road as it is behind a mound of boulders.

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