Sunday, August 21, 2011
The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO
Here are some photos I took on a local day trip into McDonald Creek and the Book Cliffs near the Colorado-Utah state line. Of course, I was searching for rock art...
First up was a nice hike down McDonald Creek to the Colorado River. Iíve hiked this canyon before, but realized that I missed some rock art on my previous trip. It was a good opportunity to re-photograph the sites I had visited previously, too.
A very small and easily missed set of pictographs.
Small Pictographs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
These pictographs are located in a large alcove overlooking the Colorado River.
McDonald Creek Alcove by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
My favorite panel along McDonald Creek.
The Bird and the Sun by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
After finishing up the hike I headed north to the Book Cliffs to revisit a few more rock art sites and find two new ones. I ended up finding the two new panels that I had not been able to find before, plus I found a third site that I just happened to stumble upon.
This little guy welcomes you into the canyon.
Waving Hello by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Iím posting this photo because if you look very closely you can see a faint shield-like figure that appears to have legs. This is the second shield figure like that that I have found in the Book Cliffs, and they are very similar.
Horned Shield with Legs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
A busy panel high up on the canyon wall.
Westwater High Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
HandprintsÖ.most like Ute or Paiute.
Ute Hands by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
A large horseback rider painted in a yellow pigment. Plenty of other figures and handprints painted here, too.
The Yellow Rider by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
This shield figure sure looks like a baseball to me!
The Baseball by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Ute or Paiute petroglyphs carved over Barrier Canyon Style pictographs.
Ute Over BCS by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
A full view of the Barrier Canyon Style panel.
Westwater BCS by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Three fading shields painted in a large alcove.
Fading Shields Alcove by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Öand here we have the third shield-like figure like this that I have found in the Book Cliffs. This one is the best preserved, too. This is actually the pictograph I stumbled on accidentally while I was searching for another panel. A great accidental find!
Horned Shield II by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
I had searched for these pictographs previously without any luck, so it was great to actually find them this time. I have read that this scene may depict a birth.
Book Cliffs Birth Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
A closer look at part of the above panel.
On the Inside by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Before heading home I had to stop at the broken Robidoux Panel again.
Broken by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
The last new panel I found on this tripÖ..I canít believe I missed this one before!
Three Canyons Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
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