The Earliest Graffiti? Petroglyphs and Pictographs…

Where ever we travel, we enjoy finding and photographing Native American rock art. We’d have to say, our recent trip through Nine Mile Canyon outside of Price, Utah was one of our most amazing experiences.

The Canyon has a spectacular display of Archaic, Fremont, and Ute rock art that can easily be seen by short hikes and from the car. Mile after mile, our heads were on a swivel, constantly spotting another image or panel.

For the record: researchers have catalogued over 1,000 sites and 10,000 images in the canyon; and more are being discovered as they make their way through the various side canyons. Locals call it their outside museum; the world’s longest art gallery! This 70+ mile, scenic byway was named by one of John Wesley Powell’s cartographers who mapped the area using a nine-mile transect.

The rain held off until the end of the day, which allowed us to end our journey with The Great Hunt Panel (at Mile 46). There appears to be some questions on who or why this panel may have been restored – or cleaned – it is one of the most recognizable examples of rock art having been published in National Geographic Magazine and used by many scholars as a prime example of Fremont rock art.

Click here for more images.  Enjoy!!


About rkcaton

We like to travel and even spent nine years roaming around North America in a 40 foot motorhome. We're now back in a home in Washington state roaming by car, air, and boat.
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1 Response to The Earliest Graffiti? Petroglyphs and Pictographs…

  1. Laurel says:

    That Great Hunt Panel is outstanding! We love rock art, too, and didn’t know about Nine Mile Canyon. It’s definitely now on our list. So happy to see your blog up and running. 😉

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