McDonald Creek & the Book Cliffs Rock Art

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I’ve been falling behind on my trip reports again, so I need to try and catch up! Here’s some photos I took on a local day-trip into McDonald Creek and the Book Cliffs. Of course I was searching for rock art 😉

First up was the nice hike down McDonald Creek to the Colorado River. I’ve hiked this canyon before, but realized that I missed some rock art on my previous trip. It was a good opportunity to re-photograph the sites I had visited previously, too.

Small Pictographs
Small Pictographs

A very small and easily missed set of pictographs.

 

McDonald Creek Alcove
McDonald Creek Alcove

These pictographs are located in a large alcove overlooking the Colorado River.

 

The Bird and the Sun
The Bird and the Sun

My favorite panel along McDonald Creek.

 

After finishing up the hike I headed north to the Book Cliffs to revisit a few more rock art sites and find two new ones. I ended up finding the two new panels that I had not been able to find before, plus I found a third site that I just happened to stumble upon.

 

Waving Hello
Waving Hello

This little guy welcomes you into the canyon.

 

Horned Shield with Legs
Horned Shield with Legs

I’m posting this photo because if you look very closely you can see a faint shield-like figure that appears to have legs. This is the second shield figure like that that I have found in the Book Cliffs, and they are very similar.

 

Westwater High Panel
Westwater High Panel

A busy panel high up on the canyon wall.

 

Ute Hands
Ute Hands

Handprints….most like Ute or Paiute.

 

The Yellow Rider
The Yellow Rider

A large horseback rider painted in a yellow pigment. Plenty of other figures and handprints painted here, too.

 

The Baseball
The Baseball

This shield figure sure looks like a baseball to me!

 

Ute Over BCS
Ute Over BCS

Ute or Paiute petroglyphs carved over Barrier Canyon Style pictographs.

 

Westwater BCS
Westwater BCS

A full view of the Barrier Canyon Style panel.

 

Fading Shields Alcove
Fading Shields Alcove

Three fading shields painted in a large alcove.

 

Horned Shield II
Horned Shield II

…and here we have the third shield-like figure like this that I have found in the Book Cliffs. This one is the best preserved, too. This is actually the pictograph I stumbled on accidentally while I was searching for another panel. A great accidental find!

 

Book Cliffs Birth Panel
Book Cliffs Birth Panel

I had searched for these pictographs previously without any luck, so it was great to actually find them this time. I have read that this scene may depict a birth.

 

On the Inside
On the Inside

A closer look at part of the above panel.

 

Broken
Broken

Before heading home I had to stop at the broken Robidoux Panel again.

 

Three Canyons Petroglyphs
Three Canyons Petroglyphs

The last new panel I found on this trip…..I can’t believe I missed this one before!

 


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