In The Desert
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Parowan Gap 2 , Utah
Dinosaur Tracks, Fossils
Looking through her email, Linda found an old email with some latitude, longitude. coordinates to find Dinosaur tracks and fossils in the Parowan Gap area. We'd forgotten about this, but decided it was time to go look for them. Actually, we wish we had someone with us that knew what to look for. We looked and didn't find what we came here for, but after looking here's what we did find.
Hadrosaur footprints - bone fragments
Never stop looking!
Fremont Culture, Petroglyphs
Well we bombed out on the Dinosaur tracks, but we decided to do some looking in an area just East of where the tracks were supposed to be. See, never give up, you'll never know what you might have missed. In this case, hundreds of petroglyphs that most people probably don't know about. The biggest petroglyph panel was right behind the point of this post, which at one time, no doubt, had a sign on it. All the many times we've come through here we've never seen a sign, or we'd have looked closer.
Utah Road Map
Linda got the binoculars and we started to find panel after panel of old Fremont Culture petroglyphs. There are several ways you can tell who did these. The hands on these people in the glyphs have spread out fingers. The Fremont Culture did this frequently with the hands. See the enlargement and the yellow arrow.
These are extremely faded, which leads us to believe that they are very old and thus done by the Fremont Culture, one of the earliest cultures to put glyph's on the rocks here. This yellow arrow shows the trapezoids that the Fremont's commonly used in their designs.
Another glyph used by the Fremont culture is this double circle on a stick! See the enlargement for more detail.
Here are several more partial panels we found at this location. These are spread out over the face of almost the entire hill. Some are quite unique.
See the larger version for more detail
These are some great places to hike and see petroglyphs and many other interesting things. Don't forget your camera and binoculars. Have fun -----
While Linda was hiking around she found a very interesting boulder with inclusions that looked like iron? But were they? Maybe you can tell if you look at the enlargement here.
I was hiking in an adjacent area and I took a couple photos, of rocks I thought were interesting. The bottom one, maybe something stepped into the mud and made these holes in the rock? I'm not lucky enough to find a Dinosaur track. Utah is famous for Dinosaur tracks and we've seen a few, but we were hoping to find a set that weren't often seen. Maybe next time.
This was a beautiful day for a hike.
Look at the enlargement here to see the flower that Linda found on this small panel. It is very clear and nicely done. Also a wheel can be seen here and another glyph we couldn't make out.
I've expressed several different ways that I've found to justify my conclusion that these were Fremont Culture petroglyphs. They are not necessarily accurate, and I'm sure some archeologists won't agree with my findings. But then again who would know? They can't tell you what the petroglyphs mean and the name Fremont was not even their real name. They named them this because they were first found near the town of Fremont. They were farmers and hunter gatherers that moved around a lot and didn't seem to have one particular place that they called home.
This map will get you into the approximate area were the Dinosaur tracks were supposed to be found and finding the petroglyphs should be easy. I've been told that a lot of people have found artifacts all through the Gap. Nice, but please leave them for others to see?
Want to look for these yourself? Here's the co-ordinates we were given: Hope you have better luck than we did!
N 37° 53.826 W 112