Sego Canyon Rock Art
Map ID: 1
Sego Canyon is a great adventure the entire family will enjoy. The canyon contains rock art from three different Native American cultures and a very well preserved ghost town. The company store and a boarding house still partially stand in the center of town. There are ruins to many houses scattered throughout the canyon along with remnants of the coal mine.
This wonderful rock art and historic ghost town can be viewed as a short side trip from I-70 near Green River Utah. Plan to spend about 2 hours to visit both the rock art and ghost town combined with a little exploring on your own. Remember to respect any private property in the area.
Navigation for this route is easy and all sites can be accessed by car in good weather conditions. There is nothing difficult about the route. The USGS 7.5-minute map titled “Sego Canyon” shows the area.
From downtown Moab travel 31 miles north to I-70. Drive 5.4 miles east on I-70 and take exit 187. Drive north on the main road through the community of Thompson Springs. The three rock art panels are located 3 1/2 miles north of Thompson Springs. The road is paved to the pictographs and petroglyphs. The site is protected by a wooden fence and has a small parking lot complete with information plaques, picnic tables and a vault toilet.
Birthing Scene Rock Art
Map ID: 2
From downtown Moab travel south on US Highway 191 to Kane Creek Boulevard. Turn right and travel on Kane Creek Boulevard past the private property, where the road turns from pavement to a graded gravel road. After traveling a total of 5.3 miles from the intersection of Kane Creek Boulevard and 500 West, you will see two small pullouts suitable for single vehicles.
Approximately 75 feet west and down the slope from the road, is a large boulder with rock art on all four sides. Figures and designs range from the Formative to the historic Ute period. The well-known “birthing scene” is found on the left hand corner of the east side of the boulder (facing the road). Notice the feet-first presentation of the baby. Look for various animal forms, such as a centipede and a horse, bear paws and a snake, as well as triangular anthropomorphic (human) figures and a sandal trackway.