I rode along with Alan to the Book Cliffs between the town of Green River and the Utah-Colorado border to look for some rock art on Saturday. He’d done all the research and knew roughly where to look for the rock art we were searching for. Our first objective was a very interesting owl pictograph. We covered a lot of ground looking for it before finally spotting it. There were actually some other pictographs nearby that I saw first, and so we looked more closely in that area and found the owl. It really is an unusual and very cool pictograph.
On our way out of the area in which we found the owl, we stopped to investigate some cliffs that looked, from a distance, like they held some rock art. There was a big blob of red pigment with a couple of petroglyphs nearby, and a grinding stone was sitting just below the rock art.
We moved along to a different area and found a small spot with a lot of petroglyphs. There were many boulders containing rock art, much of which was carved in relatively small gaps between boulders. We searched the area until the sun set and probably didn’t find all the rock art nearby.
After the sun disappeared behind the horizon we headed toward home with a stop in Green River to eat dinner at Ray’s Tavern. Once again we ate with Butch and Jeannie of Tavaputs Ranch, with whom we’d met there in January after a hike in the Sweetwater Reef area.
Photo Gallery: Book Cliffs Rock Art