Circle of Friends:
Petroglyphs and Ruin
San Rafael Swell
Knoll Petroglyphs and Ruin is an interesting adventure located near the
confluence of the Price River and Grassy Creek in the San Rafael Swell.
Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Knoll Petroglyphs and Ruin 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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"Circle of Friends"
Grassy Knoll Petroglyphs and Ruin contains some interesting rock art along
with an historic structure. The site is accessible year round provided the
roads are not muddy. Spring and fall are the ideal times for this hike. The
area is very hot in summer and cold in the winter.
A GPS is extremely
useful in verifying you are on the correct route and in locating the rock
art. Navigation for this route is moderate. This route rated 1A I using the
Canyon Rating System.
The rock art is accessible to high clearance vehicles in normal weather conditions.
Knoll Petroglyphs and Ruin:
The site consists of many large boulders with petroglyphs on
several of them. There are a couple sandal figures with transverse lines
through them. One anthropomorph has a flat head, broad shoulders and a
tapered trunk without extremities - Barrier Canyon Style. One Boulder is
covered by a maze of interlocking lines, incorporating some small circles
and enclosed spaces. Several stick figures are noted with short lower
extremities but with large hands. Several small animal figures are present
and one large circular figure with short legs.
On top of the ridge approximately 200-yards from the rock art is an
interesting circular ruin. I have been told archaeologists have studied the
ruin and found evidence of occupation from Archaic to Piute (modern) times.