Circle of Friends:
Green River Utah
outstanding petroglyph panels, amazing scenery and a homestead cabin
direct from the wild west, what more could you ask for in an adventure
the entire family can enjoy. Please take nothing
but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.
Petroglyphs and the Price Meet-Up Panel are 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
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Nefertiti Petroglyphs and the Price Meet-Up Panel are two great examples of
native American rock art. The panels are conveniently located along the
impressive Green River in Gray Canyon. The panels are accessible year round
in good weather.
The Price Meet-Up Panel is a large rock that has a massive
face covered with petroglyphs and dominated by two large triangular
Nefertiti is a long panel that runs along a small cliff. The main focus of the panel
are several large petroglyphs of animals
that I assume to be elk. The remainder of the
panel is covered with big horn sheep, a snake and other various animal forms.
Navigation for this route
is easy. GPS waypoints are provided to assist in easily locating all rock art. There is nothing difficult about the
vehicles, four wheel drives and rental cars should have no problem reaching
the trailhead in normal weather conditions. A carefully driven passenger
sedan can usually make this trip.
The route from
Nefertiti to Swaseys Rapid in known as the "Green River Daily" and is a
popular whitewater rafting route. There are boat ramps and vault toilets at
both Swaseys Rapid and Nefertiti.
Although it is difficult
to establish an exact age of rock art, some dating clues are easily
identified. For example, whenever a horse and rider is depicted, we know the
date to be after A.D. 1540 when the Spaniards reintroduced the horse to the
New World. The presence of bows and arrows is presumed to indicate a date
after A.D. 500, the generally accepted time period for their appearance in
Anasazi - AD 1 to AD 1275
A variety of human forms (Anthropomorphic) with earrings, headdresses,
handprints, paw prints, birds, spirals, bighorn sheep, shield-like images,
deer, Kokopellis and some abstract designs.
Fremont - AD 450 to AD 1250
Broad-shouldered human forms trapezoidal in shape with abstract interior
body decorations, elaborate headdresses with ear bobs, facial decorations,
bighorn sheep and deer.
Ute - AD 1200's to AD 1880
Human forms on foot and mounted on horseback, hunting and warfare scenes,
horses, and bison.