Kane Creek Boulevard Rock Art Sites
Map ID: 5
At the comer of Main and Kane Creek Boulevard (McDonald’s is on the southwest corner) turn west and proceed 8/10 mile to the intersection of Kane Creek Boulevard and 500 West. Stay left and continue along Kane Creek Boulevard approximately 2.3 miles to the mouth of Moonflower Canyon. Along the rock cliff just beyond the canyon, you will see a rock art panel dating from the Archaic to Formative Periods. The site is behind a protective fence. There is a Barrier Canyon Style figure (a large triangular shape with headdress), desert, bighorn sheep and a number of abstract elements. The panel is from ground level to a height of about twelve feet and extending approximately 100 feet. You will see a blue residue left from an illegal latex mold on one of the bighorn sheep motifs. This entire panel is one of the most vandalized rock art sites in the Moab area.
Continue another 1.2 miles to another rock art panel. A huge rock surface covered with desert varnish faces the river from the cliff side of the road. Here, you can see bighorn sheep, snakes, human forms, and a trail, possibly indicating a route from the river up Kane Springs Canyon. Again, you will notice some vandalism. (If you miss this site, it may be seen more easily on the return trip.)
Wolfe Ranch Rock Art
Map ID: 6
Located in Arches National Park, the Wolfe Ranch panel is a fine example of historic Ute rock art. Follow the signs to Wolfe Ranch and Delicate Arch, 14 miles from the park entrance. At the Wolfe Ranch parking lot, walk east 600 feet along the established trail past the cabin and across the wash. The Ute hunting panel site is on a trail that branches left off the Delicate Arch trail just past the bridged wash.
Potash Road Rock Art Sites
Map ID: 7
From US Highway 191 take SR 279 (Potash Road) south for 5 miles where you will find an “Indian Writing” interpretive road sign, and pull out adjacent to the river. Caution: Watch for highway traffic. Looking 25 to 30 feet up the rock wall on the cliff side of the road you will see petroglyphs from the Formative Period. Look for the line of “paper doll cutouts” and horned anthropomorphs holding shields and abstract images, as well as a wide variety of other animal and abstract images. The panel extends along the road 125 feet.
The round holes carved into the sandstone underneath the left side of the petroglyph panel once held the roof poles of a structure which was excavated by archaeologists prior to road construction. The structure and the rock art panel were easily accessible before the talus slope was cleared away to make room for the road. Continue south 200 yards to the “Indian Writing” sign. You will find the large bear with a hunter at the bear’s nose and another over its back. At an interpretive pullout approximately 3/4 miles further along SR 279, you can see Indian rock art and dinosaur tracks. On the north side of the road, two spotting tubes indicate the location of three-toed allosaurus tracks in the Navajo/Kayenta sandstone interface. Binoculars are needed to view the petroglyphs located to the left of the tracks at the base of the cliff, or you can hike the trail from the Poison Spider Trailhead.
Approximately 7.5 miles farther along SR 279 is Jug Handle Arch (near the mouth of Long Canyon). Proceed to Jug Handle parking area via a dirt road that travels east from the highway. The rock art is located above the parking area to the north.