Petroglyphs and Log Climb
is one of the most easily accessible petroglyph panels in the Moab area. The rock art
panel is good but not great. I never really considered adding a route guide to this site
until a friend introduced me to a really cool log climb at the site that I had been
missing out on for all these years.
Moonflower Canyon is a popular rock
art panel conveniently located near Moab. The panel is accessible to passenger cars. A
round trip from Moab should take approximately one hour.
The Moonflower Petroglyph Panel covers the base of the cliff at the mouth of
Moonflower Canyon. The rock art panel dates from the Archaic to Formative Periods. The
highlight of visiting this site is climbing the log ladder. The ladder is located on the
left side of the rock art panel hidden in a chimney. The ladder is a reconstruction of
those used by Native Americans. The ladder was constructed by jamming logs into the cliff
Navigation for this route
is easy. A GPS waypoint is provided for those who like to play with their electronic toys.
There is nothing difficult about the route. The USGS 7.5' Map titled "Moab"
shows the area. All waypoints and maps for this route use the WGS84 datum.
Camping is available
right at Moonflower Canyon. The Moonflower Campground is a small (8 unit) BLM walk-in
campground. Campers park in the parking lot and carry their tent and belongings into the
site. These sites fill up fast on weekends.
the McDonald's at the south end of Moab on the corner of Main Street and Kane Creek Drive.
Follow Kane Creek Drive west for 3.1 miles to Moonflower Campground (N38° 33' 14",
W109° 35' 15") located on the east (left) side of the road. The Petroglyphs and log
climb are located behind the split rail fence on the south side of the parking area.
The sandstone cliffs before you
represent an outdoor gallery or a holy place during ancient times. Native Americans
painted and chipped their religious visions, clan symbols, or records of events onto the
cliffs. These figures date from the Archaic to Formative periods. There is a Barrier
Canyon style figure (a large triangle shape with headdress), deer, bighorn sheep, and a
number of abstract elements. Look to the left of the panel for several logs located within
a crack in the rock. Historically and prehistorically, this method was used by local
inhabitants for gaining access to higher areas.
The antiquities act of 1906 and
archaeological resources protection act provides for serious penalties to vandals. To
ensure the ancient arts preservation, please do not touch it. Many historic and recent
signatures are present. Why do others sign their names at this valuable site? One can only
speculate; please do not add your signature or try to remove any signatures dates and