Courthouse Wash Rock Art
Map ID: 3
Drive north from Moab on US Highway 191 and cross the Colorado River Bridge. Proceed 1/2 mile to a parking area on the right side of the road. Walk back across the small bridge that crosses Courthouse Wash on the graveled foot path. At the east end of the bridge, face the 11:00 position and look up at the cliffs. Walk uphill to the base of those cliffs and look for an extremely faint rock art panel. The rock art consists of a large pictograph and petroglyph along with associated petroglyphs on the rock slabs at its base. The panel is approximately 19 feet high by 52 feet long. The site, located in Arches National Park, was badly vandalized in 1980. Conservation work has helped stabilize the site. No conservation treatment can ever recover what is lost, or fix a vandalized archaeological site.
You will see large painted ghost-like illustrations typical of the Barrier Canyon Style of rock art, which is the same style as the famous Great Gallery panel in Canyonlands National Park. Archaic figures on the red-orange surface. The numerous figures include human forms, bighorn sheep, shields, scorpion-like illustrations, possible dogs, a long beaked bird and abstract elements. You can see evidence of painted multi-colored figures superimposed on other pictographs. On the desert varnish surface you will see human and animal like figures as well as abstract forms. This site is on the National Register of Historic Places because of its representation of a Barrier Canyon Style rock art panel.
Golf Course Rock Art
Map ID: 4
Take US Highway 191 south to Spanish Trail Road (approximately 4 miles from the comer of Main and Center in downtown Moab). Turn left and proceed on Spanish Trail Road to approximately 1 mile just past the fire station located on the left-hand side of the road; turn right onto Westwater Drive. Proceed 1/2 mile to a small pullout on the left-hand side of the road (please do not block or go up the private driveway).
The panel runs from ground level up to approximately 30 feet on the high rock wall. Designs cover an area about 90 feet wide. The panel is from the Formative Period and you will be able to see human figures, such as the “Moab Man”, elk, canines, and big and small bighorn sheep. Look to the far right of the panel and find what is popularly referred to as the reindeer and sled.