Big Crane is a fun and interesting petroglyph that has recently become
popular with photographers and rock art enthusiasts. The site is reached
by a short and easy hike. Please take only pictures and leave only
Photograph's used on this page are compliments of Bob Maynard.
Circle of Friends:
Big Crane Petroglyph is part of the "Circle of Friends"
program. Members of the "Circle of Friends"
have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints,
trailhead location and detailed maps. If you
would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign
"Circle of Friends"
The Big Crane Petroglyph requires a short
hike. The rock art
is accessible year round in good weather. A GPS is extremely useful in verifying you are on the correct route.
Big Crane Petroglyph is rated 1A I using the Canyon Rating System.
The trailhead is usually accessible to all vehicles in good
weather. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this route.
This route crosses areas
of cryptobiotic crust. Please avoid disturbing all cryptobiotic crust. Stay
on existing trails, walk in wash bottoms or on slickrock. Go out of your
way, literally, to avoid cryptobiotic soil. Cryptobiotic crust requires five
to ten years of undisturbed growth before it even becomes visible as an
irregular, blackish mat on the soil surface. A single footprint by a
careless hiker can destroy years of growth.