aka: Comet Catcher
Hell Roaring Canyon
Hiking & Pictographs
Comet is a wonderful pictograph panel located in Hell Roaring Canyon
just outside of Moab. This is the perfect route for those wanting more
than just a simple hike. Several different route options are provided to
allow you to customize the route to your skill level and desires.
Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Circle of Friends:
Yellow Comet Pictograph Panel 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 up page.
"Circle of Friends"
Three options for visiting the Yellow Comet pictograph are presented, they are the
Crawl Route, the Stock Route and the Loop Route. All three routes have their
charms and disadvantages.
All route options are rated 1A III using the Canyon Rating
System. Navigation for the routes are moderate. The routes do traverse through some areas of
cryptobiotic soil but they are easy to avoid with a little care. A GPS is
useful. Good map reading skills and a detailed route description are essential.
Yellow Comet is
located just outside of Moab on the road to Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands
Island in the Sky District. During normal conditions any carefully driven
passenger car should be able to reach the
The routes desired do
cross 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.