Two days in Cane Beds, AZ = a whole lot of petroglyphs

Basket site in Rosy Canyon

Oh man — I’m completely obsessed with rock art. Whenever we are out hiking and exploring, coming upon a wall filled with ancient drawings, petroglyphs and pictographs, I imagine it’s something like coming face to face with your favorite celebrity. I get very excited, almost faint 🙂 Living in Kanab, UT, an area rich in ancient artifacts, artwork, dwellings, and graineries, my obsession has definitely skyrocketed. The cool thing is that I have a bunch of friends who are just as crazy as I am — and so between all of us, we are never at a loss for things to do on the weekends 🙂

I heard about some ruins and petrogyph sites in nearby Cane Beds, AZ. Cane Beds is about 40 miles away and very scenic, beautiful miles of mountains and open fields. Quintessential high desert. My friend, Jennifer, was posting some crazy amazing pictures on facebook of rock art in this area and so I was on a mission to see this stuff in person.

Mostly I wanted to find the Duck Head petroglyph (read more about Duck Head person in ancient rock art here).


Harry and Mackie take a rest under an alcove

random dude

Rainbow and big horn sheep

A spiny beauty

I love hand prints. Hand prints are common in ancient rock art.

Snakes? river? Not sure.

One of hundreds of glyphs

It’s fun trying to interpret the sites…. I call this one Freddy Kruger hands


Reminds me of a Keith Haring drawing

Harry found this one! It’s pretty rad!

We didn’t find two of the sites I was hoping to get to — and it was getting late, the boys were cranky, and we needed to regroup. We headed home to consult Google Maps and Jennifer 🙂 (hey, Jennifer, if you are reading this —- U da’ BEST!)

click here to read about Day 2 (DO IT!! It’s way cool!!!)

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