Provo Canyon Petroglyphs

Provo Canyon Petroglyphs

Provo Canyon
Hiking & Rock Art

           Provo 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.

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          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.

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General Information:
          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 helpful in locating the petroglyphs.

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Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is accessible to all vehicles in all weather conditions.

Leaving the Provo Canyon Petroglyphs Provo River

Provo River History:
          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.


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