Hiking & Rock Art
Canyon has an amazing petroglyph site offering dozens of images chipped
and etched into the rock. The petroglyphs were in all probability
created by the Timpanogotzis (or Tumpanowach) American Indian tribe that
lived along the banks of the Provo River. This amazing collection of
native American rock art provides a perfect afternoon adventure for the entire family.
Circle of Friends:
The Provo Canyon
Petroglyphs 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"
The Provo Canyon Petroglyphs are located on a bench above the Provo River. The
collection of rock art consists of a couple dozen symbols etched into several
large boulders. The
petroglyphs are accessible year round in good weather. Spring, summer and fall are the ideal times for
this hike. The petroglyphs could be difficult to reach during snowy periods.
Provo Canyon Petroglyphs are rated 1A II using the Canyon Rating System. A GPS is extremely
locating the petroglyphs.
The trailhead is
accessible to all vehicles in all weather conditions.
The Provo River was
originally named the Timpanogotzis (or Tumpanowach) after the American
Indian tribe living on its banks. Early settlers changed the name to Provo,
after trapper Etienne Provost, for whom the city of Provo, Utah is also
named. The old name for the river was instead given to the mountain to the
north, which later became known as Mount Timpanogos.