July 28, 2023

On our national parks RV trip in May, we tried to decipher messages left long ago by native peoples along the Colorado River outside Moab, Utah.

Today, Utah Highway 279 runs alongside these tablet-like sheer walls, with pull-outs where you can stop and look at the rock art.

On the dark “desert varnish” coating the sandstone, early American Indians chiseled petroglyphs and painted pictographs of animals, human-like figures, and abstract symbols.

A sign indicates that some of the rock art dates as far back as 6,000 B.C., incredibly.

You can puzzle all day over what the etchings and paintings meant.

They offer a mysterious glimpse into past lives.

One section shows people holding hands in a row, like paper dolls.

Horned animals and human figures

The Colorado River slides by next to the road, cutting through red rock formations.

I wonder how much this view has changed since the earliest petroglyphs were committed to rock.

If you’re interested in rock art like this, check out my earlier posts about petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock, pictographs at Canyonlands National Park, and petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park.

Up next: Going even deeper into the past at Dinosaur National Monument. For a look back at the otherworldly rock formations at Arches National Park, click here.

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July 28, 2023

On our national parks RV trip in May, we tried to decipher messages left long ago by native peoples along the Colorado River outside Moab, Utah.

Today, Utah Highway 279 runs alongside these tablet-like sheer walls, with pull-outs where you can stop and look at the rock art.

On the dark “desert varnish” coating the sandstone, early American Indians chiseled petroglyphs and painted pictographs of animals, human-like figures, and abstract symbols.

A sign indicates that some of the rock art dates as far back as 6,000 B.C., incredibly.

You can puzzle all day over what the etchings and paintings meant.

They offer a mysterious glimpse into past lives.

One section shows people holding hands in a row, like paper dolls.

Horned animals and human figures

The Colorado River slides by next to the road, cutting through red rock formations.

I wonder how much this view has changed since the earliest petroglyphs were committed to rock.

If you’re interested in rock art like this, check out my earlier posts about petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock, pictographs at Canyonlands National Park, and petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park.

Up next: Going even deeper into the past at Dinosaur National Monument. For a look back at the otherworldly rock formations at Arches National Park, click here.

I welcome your comments. Please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading in an email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post. And hey, did someone forward this email to you, and you want to subscribe? Click here to get Digging delivered directly to your inbox!

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Come learn about garden design from the experts at Garden Spark! I organize in-person talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance; simply click this link and ask to be added. The Season 7 lineup can be found here.

All material (C) 2023 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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