Monday, November 26, 2012

thompson springs petroglyphs: part one

The same week that we made it down to Moab and the Arches, my dad took some time off, and surprised me by finding the Thompson Springs petroglyphs on the internet.  It took us a little over an hour to get to Thompson Springs from Grand Junction, and a lot of driving back and forth down the wrong roads (when you literally drive straight through the town!), to finally find the petroglyphs.  They're hidden on the walls of Barrier Canyon on four rock panels high above you.  If there hadn't have been signs on the first two panels, we would have kept driving, and if it weren't for another man photographing the petroglyphs while we were there, we would have totally missed the other two panels across the road as well.  He pointed them out, took photos of my dad and I next to the large petroglyphs, and told us about others nearby -- for another trip!  SO COOL!  I'm glad that my dad is talker -- what a good skill to have.

If you look closely, you can see layers of different petroglyphs from different time periods.  We were told that the people that lived here before most likely moved down here during the winters as the animals came down looking for food.  The canyon kept them warm and concealed.

More photos from Sego Canyon can be found here and here!


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