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Old 03-26-2011, 06:21 PM
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Thought I'd post up this rock art information that is applicable to all Kane Creek, Cliffhanger and Chicken Corners runs, and part of which applies to Moab Rim and Prtichett.

This is a good place to share about scenic trail features - like Catacomb Rock, Tusher Tunnel, Uranium Arch, Wipeout Hill Slot, Gooney Bird Rock, etc.


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Kane Creek Blvd. Rock Art Sites

At the corner of Main and Kane Creek Drive (McDonald's is on the southwest corner) turn west and proceed .8 mile to the intersection of Kane Creek Drive and 500 West. Stay left and continue along Kane Creek Drive approximately 2.3 miles to the mouth of Moon Flower 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 the tall 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 large 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.)

Continue on Kane Creek Drive past the cattle guard where the road turns from pavement to graded gravel road. After traveling 1.7 miles from the previous site, or a total of 5.3 miles from the intersection of Kane Creek Drive and 500 West, you will see two small pullouts suitable for single vehicles. If you are traveling with a large group, continue up the hill where more parking space is available and walk back to the site.

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.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:39 AM
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Do you have GPS coordinates for these? I'd like to include them in my "tour guide" role as trail leader for Cliffhanger. I miss things easily though!
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:01 PM
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Do you have GPS coordinates for these? I'd like to include them in my "tour guide" role as trail leader for Cliffhanger. I miss things easily though!
Let me see if I can pull them from the track
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Though i've posted pics of rock art sites and ruins before (on fbook and here), i'm a bit hesitent with this info being so public, I.E how to get to them etc.

Stopping at the the big rock near Kane Creek and Cliff Hanger this year and seeing the Federal Notice sign (never seen it before) gives me reason for such hesitence.

I guess the counter balance to my argument could be that well: "the information is out there". And I guess I should ask my self: do you have the right to protect these sites when the history you love makes there marks on them? I.E: Joe Biddlecomb in Horse Shoe Canyon.

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I just read that there are actually elephants on Elephant Hill.

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If the light is right, and you use your imagination, you can see the three elephants on your right at the top of the hill before you start down the east side. Baby Elephant is holding Mom’s tail and Mom is holding Daddy’s tail. Daddy’s trunk almost reaches the road. The official end of the trail is at the east side of Elephant Hill. From there you are on your own back to Moab.
anyone ever seen that? from http://www.4x4wire.com/trail/report/ut/elephanthill/
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:14 PM
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Though i've posted pics of rock art sites and ruins before (on fbook and here), i'm a bit hesitent with this info being so public, I.E how to get to them etc.

Stopping at the the big rock near Kane Creek and Cliff Hanger this year and seeing the Federal Notice sign (never seen it before) gives me reason for such hesitence.

I guess the counter balance to my argument could be that well: "the information is out there". And I guess I should ask my self: do you have the right to protect these sites when the history you love makes there marks on them? I.E: Joe Biddlecomb in Horse Shoe Canyon.

I found these Kane Creek Blvd. sites from the Moab visitor center brochure, so, not very secret. I'm impressed how nice the boulder site is (I knew that one before) given that it has no fences. Heck, even that site in central WY where probably 3 people a year go had fences.
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Do you have GPS coordinates for these? I'd like to include them in my "tour guide" role as trail leader for Cliffhanger. I miss things easily though!
Birthing Stone (the boulder) just past the Cliffhanger trailhead at Latitude: 38.5215570498 Longitude : -109.6024261974

Glyphs by CO river (best viewed heading back to town) Latitude: 38.5387486685 Longitude : -109.5987745374

Moonflower Canyon glyphs: 3833'15.10"N 10935'14.42"W
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I just read that there are actually elephants on Elephant Hill.


anyone ever seen that? from http://www.4x4wire.com/trail/report/ut/elephanthill/
You know, I have looked and looked and from a number of different angles too. Those of us in the group at the time concluded that whoever named it probably weren't Mormon because they must have had a whole bunch of sourmash to come to that conclusion!
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