Monday, April 21, 2014

Cave Spring Pictographs

Hnadprints from the Handprint Panel
Cave Spring is located in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.  This location is one of the few sources of fresh water in the area and was used both by the native Americans and later by cowboys.  There are two panels here.  The first having a half dozen or so pictographs and some "negative" hand imprints where paint was sprayed on the wall with a hand blocking it.  The seconds has many positive handprints like those shown in the photo above.

The trailhead is easily accessible along a graded road near the Needles District visitor's center.  There is a loop trail the takes you around the whole area an runs a little over half a mile in length.  The spring and the anthropomorphs panel comes first if you travel clockwise around the loop.

The Spring Site

The second panel is a few hundred yards further along and has several dozen handprints that have been either painted or pressed on the rock.  There are many here; the more you look the more you find.
Hnadprints Panel

Photobucket Repository
PhotoSynth of Spring Site
PhotoSynth of Handprints Panel
PDF of the trail guide

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