Sego Canyon: Petroglyphs and Pictographs

Driving on I-70 from Moab, we decided to stop at Thompson Springs, Utah to check out the petroglyphs of Sego Canyon. Located within 5 miles of the highway, the canyon has examples of rock art from the three periods of the Fremont Culture (600-1250 AD), Barrier Canyon period (2000 BC), and the Ute Tribe (1300-1880 AD). In addition to the sheer number of figures, the panels are Sego Canyon are rare because they include both the more common petroglyphs (incised images) as well as pictographs (painted images).

Fremont trapezoidal anthropomorphs (humanoid figures) and animal petroglyphs below older Barrier Canyon red anthropomorphic pictographs, Sego Canyon, Utah

Fremont trapezoidal anthropomorphs (humanoid figures) and animal petroglyphs below older Barrier Canyon red anthropomorphic pictographs, Sego Canyon, Utah

Larger than life-sized Barrier Canyon anthropomorphic panel, Sego Canyon, Utah

Larger than life-sized Barrier Canyon anthropomorphic panel, Sego Canyon, Utah

Zoom of larger than life-sized Barrier Canyon anthropomorphs, Sego Canyon, Utah

Zoom of larger than life-sized Barrier Canyon anthropomorphs, Sego Canyon, Utah