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    He is a good one that I just found a few years ago. It's an easy hike of less than a mile round trip.

    Has anyone ever been here? Can you name this petroglyph?




    Utahtea

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    I love it! But I have no idea where it is.

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utahtea View Post
    He is a good one that I just found a few years ago. It's an easy hike of less than a mile round trip.

    Has anyone ever been here? Can you name this petroglyph?




    Utahtea
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    I love it! But I have no idea where it is.

    Rick
    It really is a hidden jewel! There are other petroglyphs in the immediate area. I've posted clues to where this and the UFO's that we saw on the same day in this post.

    https://www.roadtripamerica.com/foru...451#post195451

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    Default You can't have a rainbow without rain, & I couldn't find your rainbow without Google



    Wow, with that many clues, this shouldn't have been hard to find. Between Price and I-70 I located a bunch of small farming communities including Moore, Castle Dale, and Clawson. So far, so good. In between those last two, there's a coal-fired power generating station run by PacifiCorp known as the Hunter Plant. Aha! I tried Google Street View, and sure enough, this was the very same Power Plant in the picture you posted on the Where Am I thread.



    I put all those clues together and I got: nothing! In that general location, there are 40 square miles (call it 25,000 acres) of mountains, bluffs, washes, farms, and forests--along with several small towns. I don't know the area at all, so despite all those really great clues, I was still clueless.

    I'm an old guy. I might not be up to speed on all the resources and technology that our modern world has to offer, but if I've acquired no other useful skills in this, the Age of the Internet, there's one thing I do know how to do: I know how to use a search engine to find stuff. I opened Google, selected the tab for an image search, paused a moment to flex my fingers, and typed: "Rainbow petroglyph near Price, Utah." Boom! In less than half a second, I got 99,000 results, including multiple versions of the very thing I was seeking. Captions on the photos in my search results identified your petroglyph as the:

    Rochester Rock Art Panel

    I thought these were pretty great--especially that pretty rainbow--so I looked them up, and I was pretty disturbed by what I found. This is an excerpt from Wikipedia about these petroglyphs:

    "Some are prehistoric rock art, probably of Fremont culture origin. Others are probably modern, depicting horses, for example. And some are perhaps of very recent origin, most likely the work of white explorers, settlers, and/or tourists." Okay, we've all seen people carve their names, but it sounds like the line between "historic" and "prehistoric" is a little muddy here. That's bad enough, but there's more. The article goes on to say:

    "There is a great deal of graffiti near the main panel that is obviously of fairly recent origin. The majority of the panel is covered with a dark desert varnish which contrasts nicely with the light sandstone that is exposed when the petroglyphs are pecked into the surface. There are several sections of very light stone in the center of the panel where it appears some of original stone was removed, probably by collectors who were after the figures inscribed there." Yikes! In this case, the vandals actually succeeded in chiseling whole petroglyphs out of the rock art panel. I can't even imagine the nerve of a person who would do a thing like that.

    Rick
    Last edited by Rick Quinn; 05-17-2020 at 04:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utahtea View Post
    He is a good one that I just found a few years ago. It's an easy hike of less than a mile round trip.

    Has anyone ever been here? Can you name this petroglyph?




    Utahtea
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    I love it! But I have no idea where it is.

    Rick
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post


    Wow, with that many clues, this shouldn't have been hard to find. Between Price and I-70 I located a bunch of small farming communities including Moore, Castle Dale, and Clawson. So far, so good. In between those last two, there's a coal-fired power generating station run by PacifiCorp known as the Hunter Plant. Aha! I tried Google Street View, and sure enough, this was the very same Power Plant in the picture you posted on the Where Am I thread.



    I put all those clues together and I got: nothing! In that general location, there are 40 square miles (call it 25,000 acres) of mountains, bluffs, washes, farms, and forests--along with several small towns. I don't know the area at all, so despite all those really great clues, I was still clueless.

    I'm an old guy. I might not be up to speed on all the resources and technology that our modern world has to offer, but if I've acquired no other useful skills in this, the Age of the Internet, there's one thing I do know how to do: I know how to use a search engine to find stuff. I opened Google, selected the tab for an image search, paused a moment to flex my fingers, and typed: "Rainbow petroglyph near Price, Utah." Boom! In less than half a second, I got 99,000 results, including multiple versions of the very thing I was seeking. Captions on the photos in my search results identified your petroglyph as the:

    Rochester Rock Art Panel

    I thought these were pretty great--especially that pretty rainbow--so I looked them up, and I was pretty disturbed by what I found. This is an excerpt from Wikipedia about these petroglyphs:

    "Some are prehistoric rock art, probably of Fremont culture origin. Others are probably modern, depicting horses, for example. And some are perhaps of very recent origin, most likely the work of white explorers, settlers, and/or tourists." Okay, we've all seen people carve their names, but it sounds like the line between "historic" and "prehistoric" is a little muddy here. That's bad enough, but there's more. The article goes on to say:

    "There is a great deal of graffiti near the main panel that is obviously of fairly recent origin. The majority of the panel is covered with a dark desert varnish which contrasts nicely with the light sandstone that is exposed when the petroglyphs are pecked into the surface. There are several sections of very light stone in the center of the panel where it appears some of original stone was removed, probably by collectors who were after the figures inscribed there." Yikes! In this case, the vandals actually succeeded in chiseling whole petroglyphs out of the rock art panel. I can't even imagine the nerve of a person who would do a thing like that.

    Rick
    Great job Rick! figured if someone didn't figure it out with those clues, I was just going to have to just post the location. Most of the more modern day graffiti is located nearby and not on this main wall. It's always a possibility that mother nature had a hand in some of the missing but if you look closely there is at least one spot where it looks like someone was trying to chisel around a petroglyph to get it. :(



    Utahtea

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    This pictograph panel is just outside the city limits of a major tourist city on road that is heavily traveled and it took us 34 years before we discovered it!

    The first picture is from near the road level and I've added a white arrow so you can find them.



    The second picture was taken when we scrambled up to get a better look.



    I was amazed at how many times over many, many years traveling to this town and area that we had NEVER noticed them!

    Anyone have an idea of the name of this panel and the town they are near?

    As always I can post hints!

    Utahtea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utahtea View Post



    Anyone have an idea of the name of this panel and the town they are near?


    Utahtea
    Just as a general observation: anyone traveling through MOAB should be extra careful not to run afoul of the law. They'll take you right straight to the Courthouse, where they'll make you Wash behind your ears! Incidentally that's some really nice Rock Art. Where was it you said you found that panel?

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    Just as a general observation: anyone traveling through MOAB should be extra careful not to run afoul of the law. They'll take you right straight to the Courthouse, where they'll make you Wash behind your ears! Incidentally that's some really nice Rock Art. Where was it you said you found that panel?

    Rick
    Rick, I couldnít have given any better clues! I found out about this panel by doing an online search back in 2012 and I was flabbergasted that we hadnít seen them until we went looking for them!

    Iíll give others a chance to name the panel.

    Utahtea

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    Default Courthouse Wash Panel

    You guys crack me up.

    Rick, I doubt it would be humanely possible to give any more clues...

    I had no idea that this panel was so accessible. I've got to go and see this too.


    Courthouse Wash Panel

    From the NPS site:
    One such site can be seen a few miles north of Moab, where Courthouse Wash joins the Colorado River.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    You guys crack me up.

    Rick, I doubt it would be humanely possible to give any more clues...

    I had no idea that this panel was so accessible. I've got to go and see this too.


    Courthouse Wash Panel

    From the NPS site:
    BINGO!

    As you are traveling north from Moab on Hwy 191 it is up on the right after you cross the Colorado River but it is best to keep driving to the parking area just short of mile marker 129 and walk back past Courthouse Wash on the path. There is a sign when you get to the area.

    There use to be a campground called Riverside Oasis RV park right across the highway and you could see it from there but they tore it down the campground and built a new hotel. :'( It's next to the Canyonlands by Day and Night. It's hard to cross the highway from here to gain access, but it can be seen.

    Utahtea

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