This gallery does not represent all of the rock art photos I have taken in the Utah area. This gallery is actually a dumping ground that contains images that didn't fit elsewhere. In addition to the images in this gallery, additional rock art images covering the Utah region can be found in the following places:
I should note that by "Utah region" I am referring not only to Utah but also the northern edge of Arizona, the south of Nevada, and the western edge of Colorado. In particular I'm following the map guidelines set down by Dennis Slifer in his book "Guide to Rock Art of the Utah Region."
Some of the absolute best rock art panels I have ever seen are represented in this gallery. For instance, the Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panel, and Sego Canyon are here in addition to a lot of other great stuff. The Great Gallery used to be here but has now been moved to my Canyonlands - Maze gallery.
Much of the art displayed here is 1500-4000 years old and is associated with the Barrier Canyon Style and other Desert Archaic forms. These eras belong to pre-history and pre-date "The Ancient Ones". Much of this art (like that seen at the Great Gallery) includes anthropomorphs without appendages and in a mummy shape. Faces and eyes are simple and abstract and the figures tend to have horns or antenna. Birds and animals can be found perched on their shoulders sometimes. In addition, many figures seem to be handling snakes or snake-like objects. Edward Abbey in his famous book Desert Solitaire wrote, "These are sinister and supernatural figures, gods from the underworld perhaps who hover in space, or dance, or stand solidly planted on two feet carrying weapons – a club or sword. Most are faceless but some stare back at you with large, hollow disquieting eyes. Demonic shapes, they might have meant protection and benevolence to their creators and a threat to strangers: beware, traveler, you are approaching the land of the horned gods...."
Some later Fremont, Ute, and Navajo art is here as well. The Fremont lived between 500 and 1300 AD. Fremont rock art includes both petroglyphs and pictographs although petroglyphs predominate. Figures tend to have trapezoidal bodies and elaborate necklaces and they are often seen holding shields. The Ute are relatively recent peoples to the Eastern Utah area and they are unrelated to the Fremont cultures. Like many other recent Native American groups they were quite mobile and placed a lot of value on the horse once they started using it. A few very recent Navajo panels can be found in this gallery as well.
Much of the information provided with the images comes from the Internet as well as the books "The Rock Art of Utah" by Polly Schaafsma, "Stone Chisel and Yucca Brush" by Malotki and Weaver, "Guide to the Rock Art of the Utah Region" by Dennis Slifer, and "Legacy on Stone" by Sally Cole. "The Rock Art of Utah" is a classic work on the subject but a little outdated. "Stone Chisel and Yucca Brush" and "Guide to the Rock Art of the Utah Region" are new books which have some very nice modern interpretations of many panels. "Legacy on Stone" is outstanding as well. All four are worth picking up if you have an interest in rock art.
All images taken with a Digital rebel XT and t1i with various L lenses.