Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 3, 2011

Protected petroglyphs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 10:36 am
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While it looks like a family portrait, the headdresses identify these people as shamans

My binoculars showed telltale footprints below, and I selected an off-trail route I thought would get me to them. I’d been trying to find these petroglyphs for two seasons already. Upon my successful arrival at these multiple panels of glyphs, I was met with a most entertaining sign congratulating me on my accomplishment, and a place to register my name. No maps mark the site as it would be defaced with graffiti if it were made public. They are in wonderful shape, as a result, and pure joy to look at. I promise I won’t make TOO many posts about rock art, but if you’re a regular reader you know my fascination with it.

The following day’s hike took me up to Hidden Valley, in the rimrocks surrounding Moab. The reward at the end of the trek is hundreds of yards’ worth of sandstone with petroglyphs of all kinds covering them in multiple sites. It just keeps going on and on, luring one farther from one’s vehicle in the hopes of finding just one more. Good thing I didn’t have my camera or you would have been subjected to more than you could handle.

Animals are a dominant theme -- especially ungulates

A successful hunt was commemorated -- or wished for


  1. Steve and I went out for a run in hidden valley followed by a search for the petroglyphs last summer. We never found them. you must have a sixth sense or eagle eyes. lol

    Comment by Jess — April 3, 2011 @ 11:42 am | Reply

    • Or a hiker coming the other direction who pointed the route out. They are at the far north end of the valley, on the huge wall on the right, but the trail is NOT marked!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 3, 2011 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

  2. I firmly believe that the human species as we know it is but a prototype of a ‘higher’ form yet to come.
    The fact that there are some members of my species who would deface such a resource confirms this belief.
    Glad you could experience this incredible connection to an earlier culture.

    Comment by leroque — April 3, 2011 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  3. Hi I’m commenting to see how it will look when people comment on my blog. Cool ungulates!

    Comment by modapolis — April 5, 2011 @ 8:57 am | Reply

    • I like that. We can support one another’s blogventures.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 5, 2011 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

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