Jan 2 2012

Book Cliffs Rock Art III

Tusher Canyon
Saturday, November 26, 2011

After spending most of the day in the San Rafael Swell there was still a little daylight left, so I headed over to Tusher Canyon in the Book Cliffs to locate a few more rock art sites. Since I was running out of light I had to rush through it, but I did manage to find every site that I was looking for. I didn’t have time to do some thorough exploring of the canyon, so I will have to return again when I have more time to see what else I can find.

First stop was at an unusual pictograph site. At first glance these look like that might be Barrier Canyon Style, but I’m not so sure about that? They are certainly different from anything I have seen before.

Tusher Pictographs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s a closer look at the interesting pictographs.

Corner Spirits by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The next site contained a number of small petroglyph panels. This one has three newer sheep carved over some older anthropomorphs and an elk figure.

Sheep Over Anthropomorphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Dec 27 2011

San Rafael Swell Rock Art VIII

Saturday, November 26, 2011

After spending Black Friday in Nine Mile Canyon I spent Saturday searching for and visiting some new rock art sites in the San Rafael Swell. After a quick breakfast in Green River I made my way over to visit the Prickly Pear Flat pictograph panel.

The Prickly Pear Flat panel contains a number of very interesting Barrier Canyon Style figures. Unfortunately, the rock surface they were painted on has not held up too well over the years.

Prickly Pear Flat Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s another portion of the large panel that might be depicting rain.

Rain by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s a cool-looking flute player. There’s some of those flying circles at the top, too.

Flute Player by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Dec 27 2011

Black Friday in Nine Mile Canyon

Black Friday | Friday, November 25, 2011

I wanted to get back to Nine Mile Canyon one more time before the year was over, so I figured that Black Friday would be the perfect time. Instead of getting up early to try and score a deal at a big box store, I was up early and on my way to Wellington and then into Nine Mile Canyon. As I drove into the canyon I found that part of the road was under construction. Luckily no one was working today, so I did not encounter and delays this time.

I was unable to visit the Owl Panel the last time I was in the canyon, so that was my first destination this time. It’s an amazing panel that’s in great shape.

Nine Mile Owl Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Bear Paw & Owl by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Besides the very large and unique owl, there are also two smaller ones.

Three Owls by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Dec 23 2011

Book Cliffs Rock Art II

Saturday, November 19, 2011

After a morning and afternoon of hiking and exploring around Moab, Marty and I headed north to the Book Cliffs to visit a couple more new panels since we still had a few hours of sunlight left.

Soon we arrived at the foot of the Book Cliffs.

Jeep in the Book Cliffs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We quickly found the first petroglyph panel located in a narrow slot between two boulders.

Slot Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Marty took this photo of me when I climbed up on the smaller boulder to take a few shots looking down into the slot.

Photographing Boulders by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Nov 24 2011

San Rafael Swell Rock Art VII

Sunday, October 30, 2011

After spending Saturday hiking to the Dragonfly Panel, I decided to head over to the San Rafael Swell to visit some new rock art sites. The first site I visited is actually just a little bit west of the Swell along Ivie Creek at the edge of the Wasatch Plateau. It was a little tricky finding the way up to this panel, but I did manage to make it up there.

Three red anthropomorphs and one very long snake.

Three Men and a Snake by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

These handprints and the large shield figure are located in the same alcove.

Shield & Hands by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the three Fremont figures.

Fremont Warriors by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr