January 26, 2009

Utah Petroglyphs and Pictographs


If you're exploring the state of Utah, don't miss out on the wonderful Native American rock art. These photos were taken in spring and fall, the best times to visit semi-arid areas.
Rochester Panel, near Castledale:

Rochester close-ups:


Cub Creek, in Dinosaur National Monument, near Vernal:

In Fremont Indian State Park, off of I-70 in Sevier County. Unfortunately, MIKE has defaced this panel:
In Nine Mile Canyon area, from the Great Hunt panel:

Above are petroglyphs, etched into the rock.
Below is an example of a pictograph, painted onto the surface, found on Jones Hole Creek, called the Deluge Shelter site. Excavations in the area indicate intermittent occupation for the last 7000 years.

These are just a few examples from the Fremont culture. Look for native rock art anywhere there is a water source and a good flat rock panel.
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32 comments:

  1. Obviously these pictures were taken during a different time of year! You like the new snow I conjured up for you?

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  2. These are excellent examples of rock art; the arch, animals and people are well preserved. Too bad about some damage.

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  3. Petroglyphs truly are amazing! I bet some of the ancient art will last longer than much of the modern.

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  4. These photos are wonderful. Petroglyphs are so mysterious. Everytime I see one I think of the book Chariot of the Gods. The idea is that aliens came to the world in prehistoric times and were depicted on the drawings.

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  5. Amazing pictures, I love the last one. I've visited the Hickson Petroglyphs in Nevada and it's breathtaking to contemplate that we can look at pictures done by our so very distant ancestors.

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  6. REally wow. I keep that in mind when I go visit.

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  7. Wow - that is fantastic! Excellent images.
    Sad to see that some airheads thought it to be appropriate to carve their name in, too!
    Cheers, Klaus

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  8. These are beautiful and so well preserved. Makes me want to visit the area. Well photographed!

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  9. These are truly fabulous and unique to the area.

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  10. It always amazes me to see rock drawings, knowing how old they are, those are awesome:)

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  11. Wow that is so cool, I would love to see that in person. Great pics as always.

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

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  12. Great pictures. I spend most of grade school in Central Utah and remember seeing similar type pictographs on family outings.

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  13. These close ups of the petroglyphs are great... i have seen some great petro glyphs here in Mexico..particularly in Baja California

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  14. I live 5 miles from "Petroglyph National Monument" which I've had in my head to do as a MWT post one day. But I have to say that although I haven't been to every section of ours, yours are WAY better. THese are great!

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  15. Those are great shots and a very interesting my world post.

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  16. Janie: Those are wonderful photos from your world.
    BTW: I don't see the bridge opening anytime soon.

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  17. Rock paintings are wonderful. Do you know if those petroglyphs are associated with prehistoric people?
    A very bautiful, interesting and special post for "MyWorld".
    Have a nice week, Janie.

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  18. What wonderful examples of this ancient art form, thanks for sharing.

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  19. Thanks for sharing that it makes you wonder what the animals were really like ...especially the ones in the second pic.

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  20. These are amazing. Must be like stepping back in time to see them in person!

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  21. Marvellous rock art. And so many of them. Will be nice to them in person.

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  22. These rock engravings are so facinating. When we were in Australia we saw many Aboriginal rockpaintings. Willie Gordon, mentioned in my post, showed us a lot of paintings and told us their meaning. Judy also mentioned in my post has a very interesting weblog about the place where my daughter lives!

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  23. I love to look at history! I love to envisage how people lived and what went through their minds... The more untouched the nature is, the easier it is to imagine what their world must have been like!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Those are amazing. What stories they tell.

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  25. The petroglyphs of the hunting scene are wonderful, so clearly depicting the use of bow and arrow, the men and animals.

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  26. Don't you wish you knew what it all means?

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  27. Amazing photos of a very fascinating subject. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

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  28. What wonderful examples of rock art. Thank you so much for sharing them. - Margy

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  29. Very similar to rock painting in various caves in Zimbabwe

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