Thursday, April 17, 2014

Courthouse Wash Rock Art

The pictographs at Courthouse Wash are primarily Barrier Canyon Style.  There are also some smaller Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs here.

The site is easily accessible via a short hike up the slope on the east side of Courthouse Wash just before it is crossed by highway 191.  You should park at the lot on the north side of the highway just west of the wash and then hike along the paved trail over the wash and up the slope.  The panel is easily visible all along the approach, so its pretty easy to find your way up.  The best time to visit is in the morning before the panel is in full sunlight.  This panel was heavily vandalized in 1980 and much of the pigment was scrubbed off with wire brushes.  It has been restored, but the colors are faint and harder to see in harsh sunlight.

Approximate Path to the Panel
The Cliff Face, Most of the Figures are to the Right


Pictographs Enhanced with DStretch LAB Filter

My Photosynth of the panel
All of my photos at Photobucket
BLM description

Wikipedia entry
Canyon Country Notebook - lots of good pictures
Two great images from Peter F. Flynn

© 2014  Kerk L. Phillips 

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