Hiking & Rock Art
pictographs are amazing, for over 1,000 years these pictographs have
remained concealed in caves that now overlook Willard Bay. The Willard
rock art paintings are all from one era, the Fremont, who inhabited the
top half of Utah from roughly A.D. 1000 to 1300. Each site has a dozen
separate figures, half of which could be missed by an untrained eye. A
trip to visit these pictographs is worth the effort.
Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.
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Willard Pictographs are located in five caves above Willard Bay. Each cave
contains about a dozen paintings, most of which have been ravished by time.
These Fremont pictographs have suffered over the last 30 years, the wet
years in the middle of the 1980's took a severe toll on many of these
pictographs. The pictographs are accessible year round in good weather.
Spring, winter and fall are the ideal times for this hike.
A GPS is extremely useful in
locating the pictographs, a good route description is essential. Navigation
for this route is moderate. Willard Pictographs are
rated 1A II using the Canyon
The trailhead is
accessible to all vehicles in all weather
Fremont Indians farmed much of the land around the Great
Salt Lake, especially where streams entered. The population peaked in
the 1100s, and farming ceased during a serious drought in the 1300s.
Archaeologists debate whether Shoshones and other American Indians
descended from the Fremont or if the people moved or died at the end of
the civilization. Shoshone tradition links them with the Fremont. The
early Mormons gravitated to the same fertile areas inhabited by the
Fremont. The remains of Fremont villages lie under Ogden, Willard,
Farmington and nearly every other early Mormon settlement. A large
Fremont village that survived the early settlement period was bulldozed
during the creation of Willard Bay, and smaller sites were lost to
Interstate 15, but the rugged hunting camps above have remained immune
Enjoy a short video
of a visit to the Willard Pictographs.