Friday – Sunday, January 6-8, 2023
This weekend I headed down into Indian Creek Country so I could explore more of this amazing part of the canyonlands region while also getting in my first pair of Bag Nights for 2023. Of course, I also hoped to find some new rock art and ruins along the way, too. I really enjoy coming to this part of the northern Bears Ears region during this time of the year since the weather is usually pretty mild and the crowds are non-existent. I left after work on Friday afternoon, grabbed a quick dinner in Moab and made it down into Indian Creek just in time to catch the colors of sunset, so I pulled over for a few photos along the way. I arrived at my campsite in the low light of dusk while the Wolf Moon was rising behind the clouds, listened to an audiobook for a while and then went to sleep early. Here are some photos from the weekend.
I arrived in Indian Creek Country just in time to catch a colorful sunset over the highway.
Beautiful sunset colors over Hatch Point.
I arrived at my campsite at dusk, just in time to see a small part of the Wolf Moon peeking out through the clouds.
As I was hiking early on Saturday morning, this rafter of turkeys crossed right in front of me and then headed up into the boulders.
This is a really interesting petroglyph panel. If you look closely, you can see some very nice Barrier Canyons Style petroglyphs underneath the newer designs.
Anthropomorph Boulder Panel
This striped pictograph caught my attention from below, so I climbed up for a closer look.
The remains of a small granary.
These Barrier Canyon Style pictographs were very cool!
I think this might be my favorite find of the day. There is so much going on in this long petroglyph panel!
Here’s a closer look at the right side.
Stone & Sky
A well-done historic petroglyph of a horse.
Little petroglyphs pecked into the lower corner of a large boulder.
When I wasn’t hiking and searching the canyons for rock art and ruins, I followed this two-track into the mouth of Harts Draw so I could do a little reconnaissance for a future trip where I can continue following the Historic Macomb Expedition of 1859.
Hatch Point Cliffs
Harts Draw Road
Sheep & Pictograph
Here’s a closer look at the smaller pictograph. This figure sure looks like it’s wearing a red cape.
And here’s a closer look at the sheep with a tree-toed paw print in front of it.
Behind the Shield
A colorful sunrise from my campsite with the Six-Shooter Peaks and Lavender Point in silhouette on the horizon.
This lone figure always catches my attention.
It’s been quite a few years since I last visited this panel, so it was nice to return.
Long Petroglyph Panel