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Moab Area Rock Art

Courthouse Wash Panel

The town of Moab is surrounded by great rock art. One of the nearest panels to town is located at the mouth of Courthouse Wash, only about ten minutes from the center of town. Heading west towards I70 and Arches National Park, cross over the Colorado River. In just a couple hundred meters you will corss over the Courthouse wash bridge. In another 200 meters you will see a parking area on your right. Park here and walk back towards Moab. As soon as you corss back over the Courthouse Wash bridge, look up to your left (north) and you should see the panel. Follow the well-traveled trail to see the rock art up close. There is an interpretive sign that tells about the history of the panel. The panel has both petroglyphs and pictographs.

rock art panel at Courthouse Wash, outside Moab, Utah

Photo to the left shows some of the Archaic Barrier Canyon style figures at the Courthouse Wash panel.

Potash Road Rock Art

More rock art can be seen up Potash Road, all of it petroglyphs. After leaving the Courthouse Wash parking area, continue on towards Arches National Park but turn left after about a kilometer, onto Potash Road. Ten minutes or so up Potash Road you will find a couple of panels right along the road. They are well-marked. Look for the signs that read "Indian Writing", along with older interpretative signs. The panels are a few hundred meters apart.

Indian Wiriting sign alone Potash Road, near Moab, Utah. Another 8 miles up Potash Road is the panel at Jug Handle arch. This panel is not as easy to locate, and requires a climb up to see the panel. Turn up Long Canyon and park immediately. The panel is on the northwest facing Potash Road.

Spiral petroglyphs alone Potash Road, near Moab, Utah.
Left and below are photos of the petroglyph panel along Potash Road, examples of "Indian Writing".

Petroglyph panel along Potash Road, near Moab, Utah.

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