Buckhorn Wash Petroglyphs and Dino Footprint

July 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm (Petroglyphs/pictographs)

In the Buckhorn Wash area there are a few great landmarks. One is the Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panel. There’s also a much less known panel of petroglyphs there, too.


And my personal favorite, a dinosaur footprint.



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Head of Sinbad Pictographs

June 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm (Petroglyphs/pictographs)

This road is accessed from Dutchman’s Arch Road. It’s also very sandy. I was very glad I had 4WD for this one. The guide said it “may” be eroded requiring careful tire placement. Yeah, I thought that was a misrepresentation. I would describe it as sandy, and no wider than an ATV track. Were I to go back, I would do it on a 4-wheeler. I thought I was going to be stuck more than once! Once you get there, these pictographs are quite nice. My favorite part? There’s no graffiti. That’s right, no one had the arrogance to write their name, through, on, or near these figures. Thank goodness!


Sometimes I really wonder what they were thinking. These have a definite other-worldly feel to them.

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Black Dragon Canyon Pictographs

June 25, 2008 at 12:38 pm (Petroglyphs/pictographs)

The road to Black Dragon is a dirt road off the shoulder of westbound I-70 near mile marker 147.  We almost missed it because we were headed east and had to get off and turn around to get to it.  Of course, since it was East of where we were anyway, we really didn’t have a choice.  The view area along the way more than made up for our having to drive in circles.

This is Spotted Wolf Canyon and I-70 goes right through it.
Once we found our road and drove about 1-2 miles to the mouth of Black Dragon Canyon, we got out and hiked the rest of the way. It was only .2 miles to the pictographs. As we walked, we were beginning to think they were a lot further in than we thought. Then DD #1, an expert rock art spotter, saw them. She said, “I see a fence! And I can see the pictographs!” As for me, I could see the fence, but my eyes were not sharp enough to see any hint of pictures on the canyon walls. Thank goodness for little Miss Sharpeyes.
These pictographs are a little different than others I’ve seen. It is thought that this panel was intended to be some sort of calendar.

And just when you think you’re done looking at all these tally marks…look up.
And then go look at the canyon wall to the left of this one.
We would have missed these if DD#1 had not notice them.

I especially liked this one. It looks like a wolf howling at the moon.


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Old Railroad Grade Road

June 22, 2008 at 4:07 am (family, Petroglyphs/pictographs)

I’ve been in Huntington, UT for the last 10 days with Blooshusband.  While he’s been busy helping to supply a group of Scouts who were cutting tamarisk out of the San Rafael Swell area, I’ve been up to my own kind of trouble.  As some of you may know,  I enjoy looking at petroglyphs and pictographs and this particular area has a wealth of them.  There is a wonderful booklet of scenic drives in the San Rafael Swell that has driving directions to many of these sites, plus some other very beautiful landmarks.  In the last 10 days, the DD’s and I have managed to drive 8 of these scenic drives.  Blooshusband now claims that I am more familiar with this area than he is!

The first of those drives was out to the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, which I talked  about in my last post.  The next drive we took was Old Railroad Grade Road.  It’s only 4 miles long, but if your looking for petroglyphs, it’s a very rewarding drive.  

At our first stop, we saw the Silent Sentinel.

In ths picture, he looks really small, but he’s actually as tall as the DD’s!

We also saw this very elaborate panel of rock art there, too.

The next stop included  the “Daisy Chain”.

And what looks like someone’s self-portrait with their name and birthdate.


Stop three is called “45 Degree Rock”



The last stop is called “Railroad Rock” and it features several historic inscriptions from 1881. These were all left by men who worked on this railroad grade which became an abandoned project.

Also a rare image of a duck.


And look! Someone must have known I was coming!

Edited to add link for tamarisk.

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