Moab area is blessed with thousands of years of ancient inhabitation.
From archaic hunter gatherers to the mysterious Anasazi who
built dwellings and granaries high in the cliffs. If you're
interested in seeing evidence of those who passed long before
us you're in luck! The Moab area offers access to incredible
rock art panels called "Petroglyphs" with designs,
animals and symbols pecked into the rock centuries to millenia
ago. Can you pick out the bear claw or the Bison in the image
above? You can also view the remains of ancient dwellings
and granaries (food storage) perched high among the sandstone
cliffs or tucked neatly into a cave.
first suggestion is to stop at the visitor's center on Main
St. in Moab and pick up a copy of the Moab Rock Art Tour guide.
You can then take a quick jaunt from town to see the petroglyphs
along Potash Road or at the golf course. I've made a few suggestions
below on books that you can read beforehand if you want to
plan your rock art excursions. I highly suggest asking a ranger
for directions to the "Birthing Scene" petroglyph
located along Kane Creek Road. Have fun!
you are serious about seeing some of the most amazing
architecture including round turrets and castles then
Hovenweep is worth the drive. Hovenweep National Monument
is located south of Moab and is a good long day trip.
To learn more about Hovenweep please visit the page
on this site dedicated to it here.
you're fascinated with rock art like us be sure to visit
Newspaper Rock. It is located on the way into the Needles
District of Canyonlands National Park on Utah Route
211. It's right next the road and is easily viewed and
photographed. Roughly 2,000 plus years of petroglyph
activity are viewable at the site. Cultures represented
are the Fremont, Navajo, Anasazi- (Ancestral Puebloans)
and even white settlers-(Anglos).
Visit the Newspaper rock page here.