15 October, 2010

Potash Road & Golf Course Rock Art - Moab, Utah

Potash Road Rock Art (Utah Scenic Byway 279)

There is no hiking necessary, as the major rock art panels cans be viewed from your car. Caution: Watch for highway traffic. Looking 25 to 30 feet up the rock wall on the cliff side of the road you will see petroglyphs from the Formative Period. Look for the line of "paper doll cutouts" and homed anthropomorphs holding shields and abstract images, as well as a wide variety of other animal and abstract images. The panel extends along the road 125 feet.
Continue south 200 yards. You will find the large bear with a hunter at the bear's nose and another over its back. At an interpretive pullout approximately .75 miles further along the Utah Scenic Byway 279, you can see Native American rock art and dinosaur tracks. On the north side of the road, two spotting tubes indicate the location of three-toed allosaurus tracks in the Navajo/Kayenta sandstone interface. Binoculars are needed to view the petroglyphs located to the left of the tracks at the base of the cliff.

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Potash Road:

Jug Handle Arch: (I couldn't find the rock art in this area)

How To Get There: From Highway 191 take Utah Scenic Byway 279 south for 5 miles where you will find an interpretive road sign and pull-out adjacent to the river. Approximately 7.5 miles farther along Highway 279 is Jug Handle Arch (near the mouth of Long Canyon). Proceed to Jug Handle parking area via a dirt road that travels each from the highway. The rock art is located above the parking area to the north.
Contact Information: For maps, brochures, and other information, please contact the BLM Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532. Telephone: (435) 259-2100

Moab Golf Course Rock Art:

For more information on this rock art and others: www.discovermoab.com

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Sego Canyon Rock Art & Ghost Town, Utah

Sego Canyon— Unique in that three separate cultures left their ancient rock art at three separate panels, including Barrier Canyon rock art (archaic), Fremont rock art, and Ute figures are represented there. 

A well preserved ghost town and ruins of a coal mine are located nearby. Visitors are advised to plan for at least a half day to explore this exciting area.

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Entering Sego Canyon:

Rock Art:

These pictographs are unique for their large size. (above)

They were giants!
Sego Ghost Town:
Sego Cemetery (above)

Main Building (below)

Watch out for houses! (below)

How To Get There: To reach the rock art panels, take Exit 185 off I-70, proceed on State Highway 94 through Thompson, and continue driving approximately three miles to Sego Canyon. Major rock art panels are visible from the road. To reach the ghost town of Sego, drive approximately 0.5 mile further up canyon until you reach a fork in the road. Turn right at the Sego Canyon sign. Proceed for about a mile, and you will see a cemetery and other historic structures. Please visit the site respectfully. The ghost town is on private property, but visitors are allowed to explore the area and take pictures.
To Reach the Ghost Town of Sego: drive 1/2 mile further up canyon on a maintained gravel road until you reach a fork in the road. Turn right at turn-off to Sego Canyon. The cemetery is seen immediately to the right. Keep heading up the road about another mile, and the ruins come into view. The town site is on private property, you are welcome to drive up and see the ruins. Just respect the land and structures.
Contact Information: For maps, brochures, and other information, please contact the BLM Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532. Telephone: (435) 259-2100

14 October, 2010

9 Mile Canyon Rock Art, Utah

Nine Mile Canyon contains one of the world's highest densities of prehistoric rock art. In addition to prolific rock art, prehistoric cultures left behind numerous dwellings, villages and structures. Historically, the canyon was a stage and freight route. Remains of stage stops, road houses and an old telegraph line are present. It is best to acquire a guide to the Canyon to help you find sites; after you know where to look, you may find sites in similar places in between those described in the guides. Many of the historic buildings in the Canyon are interpreted in these guides, too.
Leave Native American rock art, ruins, and artifacts untouched for the future. The oil from a single handprint can chemically affect rock art. Climbing on ruin walls can destroy, in a moment, a structure that has survived for a thousand years. Removing or even moving artifacts destroys the scientific value of sites. Chalking or wetting rock art is prohibited. Report vandalism to the BLM.
Dogs are allowed in the Canyon but must be kept under control at all times and must not disturb wildlife. Please remove your pet's waste near rock art and historic sites.

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The adventure started with a freshly soaked tree sap road. 
First Site:

The "Bolo Man" or "Balloon Man":
Daddy Canyon Complex:

Big Buffalo:

Big Buffalo Panel - panoramic (above)
The Great Hunt:

Near Daddy Canyon Complex:

How To Get There: From the south (Moab, Grand Junction, Price), the principal access route is eight miles east of Price, on Highway 6/191, turning north on 2200 East (Soldier Creek Road, at Walkers Food and Fuel Chevron Station). From the north (Vernal, Duchesne), access is via Highway 40/191, one mile west of Myton. The following scenic loop can be driven in either direction. From Highway 6, travel east through Nine Mile Canyon, north up Gate Canyon, west on Highway 40 to Duchesne and southwest down Indian Canyon returning to Highway 6. Contact Information: For guidebooks, maps, brochures, tours, camping, and other information, please contact the BLM Price Field Office, located at 125S 600W, Price, UT 84501. Telephone 435-636-3600


Anyone with information on rock art vandalism in Nine Mile Canyon should contact the BLM at 1-800-722-3998 or the Price Field Office at 435-636-3600.