Circle of Friends:
Petroglyphs & Anasazi Ruins
Solstice Snake and the Warrior Panel are two of the more interesting and
fun petroglyph panels to visit in the Moab area. This
route takes you on a trip back through time to a prehistoric age.
Solstice Snake and Warrior 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
you would like more information on joining the "Circle of
Friends" visit the sign up page.
"Circle of Friends"
Visiting the Solstice Snake requires a nice long hike to a remote location
in an area known as "Behind the Rocks". The Solstice Snake gets
its name from an arrowhead shape that crosses the petroglyph, which is
formed by sunlight filtering through the cliff high above during the summer
Solstice Snake is rated 1A III using the Canyon
Rating System. Navigation
for this route is moderate. The route does traverse through some areas of cryptobiotic
soil but they are easy to avoid with a little care. A GPS is useful and good map reading
skills are essential.
The trailhead is
located next to a paved highway and is accessible to all vehicles in all
conditions. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this route.
Follow the route described and you
will avoid 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 years of undisturbed
growth before it becomes visible as an irregular, blackish mat on the soil surface. A
single footprint by a careless hiker can destroy years of growth.
Greater Arch Dimension (GAD): 15 feet. For this arch, the GAD is its span.
Lesser Arch Dimension (LAD): 15 feet. For this arch, the LAD is its height.
Arch Type: Meander Bridge
Rock formation and/or type: Chinle Sandstone
Dead End Arch Statistics:
Greater Arch Dimension (GAD): 20 feet. For this arch, the GAD is its height.
Lesser Arch Dimension (LAD): 10 feet. For this arch, the LAD is its width.
Arch Type: Fin
Rock formation and/or type: Navajo Sandstone
The canyon is named after Thomas
Pritchett who entered the Spanish Valley in 1880 and was the first justice of the peace. He
lived with a group of people in a fort in Pritchett Canyon during the winter of 1880-81.