Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Short Canyon

Original report - May 17, 2009

The lower of two large rock art panels in Short Canyon

I went on a campout this weekend with the scouts. We had the 12-13 year-old group (the scouts) and the 14-15 year-old group (the varsity scouts) with a total of 16 people.

We drove down Friday night to the Moore cutoff road and stopped at Dry Wash to see the petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks.

From there we drove around the edge of the Molen Reef to the mouth of Short Canyon. We had two 4WD pickups and a minivan. There were a few spots that were a bit iffy for the minivan, but we made it with no damage. The campsite was dry so we relied on the water we brought. After setting up camp four of us, Ryan Allen, Scott Preston, Brian Wheelhouse and I headed up the canyon to a spot where some pictographs had been geotagged on Flickr. By the time we got there it was getting dark and we wandered around looking for signs of rock art. Eventually, Scott and Brian found a small panel with two figures. One had wavy arms, so I am calling it the Wavy Arms panel.

An incredibly handsome guy next to the Wavy Arms panel.
We moved further up canyon along the ledge where we found these figures and then ran into a huge double panel. By the time we got there it was too dark to get good photos even with the flash, so we decided to revisit the site the next morning with the whole group.
I slept in the bed of my truck on Friday night. It was less lumpy than the ground and there was a bit of a canyon wind, so it was better than sleeping on a tarp as I had planned. I got up early enough to see the sunrise and enjoy it. After that we roused everyone up and headed back up the canyon.

I got some good photos of the double panel and we also found another small panel further upstream with a pair of figures, which I am calling the Dreadlocks/Bug-Eye panel because the larger of the two has big bug-eyes and the other looks like he/she has dreadlocks.

Scott shows monumental disrespect for the figures at the Bug-Eye panel

We explored further downstream along the same ledge and found some very faint petroglyphs that we would never have seen from the bottom of the canyon.

Scott also pointed out several other figures on the walls futher downstream that we had missed while hiking in. I got some telephoto shots of those, but there is not much detail.

I have taken other trips here since this report was written, including one with my sons in the Fall of 2009.  We hiked up to see the Red Sheep Panel which is clearly visible from the path in the bottom of the canyon near below the confluence of two washes.  We also found the Hunting Path Panel nearby.

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© 2009  Kerk L. Phillips

1 comment:

  1. Hello, Kirk

    Should you want to have a good working idea as to just what the artist saw in the sky that led them to making these drawings I would like to draw your attention to my book “Petroglyphs in Your Pocket.”

    This basic guide to explaining rock art using the High-Energy Aurora scenario is available for free download at academia.edu - just search for my name.

    It is available in English, Russian and Spanish.

    There is also a slide show available for downloading I gave some time back which gives a more personal introduction to this interpretation.

    I hope you find it interesting and thought provoking.

    Thanks in advance for any comments you may whish to make about it.


    Bill Petry