Neat rock art is everywhere, 
if you know where to look

The Great Hunt rock art panel in Nine Mile Canyon, Utah.

A painted rock art panel in Nine Mile Canyon, Utah.

The Three Kings panel at McConkiie Ranch is in the Dry Fork Canyon northwest of Vernal, Utah.

Indian Petroglyphs at the McConkie Ranch in Dry Fork Canyon, northwest of Vernal, Utah.

This rock art panel rests on a high cliff wall above the Green River at Echo Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument.

Indian Petroglyphe on rocks and canyon walls in Nine Mile Canyon, Utah.

A visitor to the McConkie Ranch Indian Petroglyphs in Dry Fork Canyon, northwest of Vernal, Utah, stops to shoot a photo.

If you love petroglyphs or rock art, then northeastern Utah is a great place to hunt for it.

Start in Vernal, Utah, and head northwest out of town to McConkie Ranch in Dry Fork Canyon. On 200-foot-high Navajo Formation sandstone cliffs are hundreds of incredible rock art panels.

These figures represent the Fremont Culture, which flourished in this area from about 1-1200 A.D. The trails at McConkie Ranch are well-marked. Do not miss the Three Kings Trail or the Three Kings panel, which is on a steep cliff wall 150 feet up!

Next, head into Nine Mile Canyon, about 40 miles southwest of Vernal, for some of the most spectacular rock art in Utah. Members of the Fremont Culture made their home in this canyon as early as 300 A.D. Look for the Great Hunt panel. Also check out Daddy Canyon Recreation Site, which has amazing rock panels.

Then go to Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument, just northeast of Vernal. It’s another wonderful place to find rock art. Look high on the west canyon wall to see some of the panels. And be sure to check out Whisper Cave near the bottom of Echo Park.

Actually, if you look closely you can find rock art all over the region. Binoculars or a long telephoto lens will help you spy rock art high on the canyon walls.

Happy hunting.


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