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Thompson, Utah

Photograph Sego Canyon Indian Rock Art

0.3 Miles Total - 0 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by John Maurizi

A great location to view three different styles of Indian rock art. Each panel represents a different era including the Ute, Fremont and Barrier Canyon styles.

Located north of Moab, off U.S. Route 70 is Sego Canyon.  There is a dirt road that travels north up into the canyon to an interesting and unique area of Indian rock art.  There are three different sections covering three different time periods and Indian groups.

The petroglyph panel to the left of the other two panels is from the Ute Indians, dated between 1300 A.D. and 1800 A.D.  This panel is a combination of petroglyphs and some pictographs showing large figures as well as horses and Bison.  Several different disc shapes with unique designs inside of them seem to represent shields.

The next panel to the right is from the Fremont Indians dated between 600 A.D. and 1250 A.D. is mostly petroglyphs.  The are further away and a zoom lens would be helpful to view them.  The shape of the people are quite different, resembling a inverted triangle.

The final panel is called the Barrier Canyon style and said to be 2000 B.C.  This is the most impressive panel that is made up entirely of pictographs painted in a red tint typical of the style.  There is nineteen figures of anthropomorphs that are larger than life-size and over-sized eyes with antennae.

There are several more pictographs and petroglyphs across the road near a corral.  These are on private property and it is suggested to view them from the road.  Walk up the road past the corral a little further to see a few more. 

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