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Among the jumble of contemporary etchings is what some speculate is an ancient summer solstice marker. Once a year, on June 21, a jagged rock casts a shadow resembling the open jaw of a coyote onto the face of Sacrifice Rock. As the sun rises higher, the shadow "swallows" a petroglyph in the shape of a spiral.
To view the Deertrap panel you must be willing to hike one mile over unmarked slickrock. The panel contains many faded petroglyphs. Most of the images are anthropomorphs and Zoomorphs. The hike to the panel will require about one hour each way and is best done in the cool morning or evening hours. This is a gratifying hike in an uncrowded setting.
The Petroglyph Canyon archeological site contains two panels of rock art totaling over 150 figures. Almost all of the figures are petroglyphs with one lone pictograph. This is the best rock art site in Zion National Park.
The North Panel contains at least 76 figures, including the site's only pictograph - a small red triangle. The site contains numerous images of the ever popular Kokopelli. There is something appealing about Kokopelli. which fascinates all kinds of people, even in our modern technological age.
Between the two panels, is a series of wide grooves along a rock shelf about knee height. These grooves are the result of tool sharpening.
The South Panel is 200 feet from the North Panel on the same cliff face. It contains at least 77 figures. Most are animals with an abundance of bighorn sheep.
Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.
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