Moab Area Rock Art XXXI | Sunday, December 17, 2017
After spending Saturday in the Book Cliffs with Diane, I headed over to Tenmile Canyon on Sunday morning, which is a little ways southwest of Crescent Junction near the Green River, to do a little exploring on my own. There might be some of you out there that recognize the title of this trip report is very similar in name to a guidebook written by the late Jack Bickers (Tenmile! Nearby Canyon of Mystery) in 1991. Well, that book has been collecting dust on my shelf for almost ten years now, and ever since I got it I’ve wanted to visit and explore Tenmile Canyon. Of course, when I originally bought the book my main intention was to drive the trail in the canyon to the Green River with my Jeep, but these days I’d rather be hiking. I’ve tried planning trips to Tenmile Canyon before, but something has always prevented me from making it out there, whether it was weather or a last minute change of plans to go somewhere else. I finally decided to make this trip a priority and headed out there to do a little hiking. Better late than never, I guess!
A nice petroglyphs panel I quickly spotted at the beginning of my hike.
A diagonally-striped Fremont Anthropomorph.
Hiking along the canyon walls was much more difficult than I thought it was going to be because of the arroyo cutting like this. I continually had to find ways down and then back up onto the sandy benches.
The first pictographs I found at the back of a shallow alcove.
I really liked the stripes on the sandstone in this part of the canyon.
Following the canyon walls on the sandy bench in Tenmile Canyon in search of rock art.
A red and yellow Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel near the entrance of a pretty large alcove.
More lines and stripes on the canyon walls that caught my attention.
This large alcove appeared to have been used as a cowboy camp at one time, but the only thing remaining is this clothesline that is rigged up in the back and a few scattered cans. There was a little seep and a pool of water in that little alcove to the left.
There were a number of corncobs and metate grooves found in the alcove, too.
An inscription found on a boulder left by a Green River High School student in 1930. I didn’t even notice the petroglyph of the snake until I got back home and looked at this photo on my PC!
I found this large grinding stone in another nearby alcove.
Looking up at the desert stripes decorating the top of the alcove.
Tafoni in the roof of a small colorful sandstone alcove I found while exploring Tenmile Wash.
I revisited the Facedown Panel, which was one of my favorite finds from a number of years ago.
One lone petroglyph of a bighorn sheep.
Exploring boulders in the late afternoon.
Ute pictographs in the Secret Grotto.
I found this small red handprint in a stripe of lighter colored sandstone.
Starting the drive back home during the Golden Hour.