|Zion National Park|
After catching my breath, I followed the directions by moving along the ledge to my left. There were no pictographs that I could see, so I kept moving, climbing over a couple boulders and pushing through some bushes. The ledge ended and I had seen no rock art, so I started back to the trail to start over. There were some interesting formations along the ledge.
Driving toward the area, I noticed a Jeep following us. Thinking he may be going to the same place, I flagged him down. He had a different destination, but said he knew how to get to our petroglyphs. Following him proved to be a real adventure. Suddenly he drove over the rim of a wash with an almost vertical wall, and I went right behind him. Twenty feet down, at the bottom, we took a hard left and then faced a boulder in the edge of the wash. Going up on the wall, I missed the boulder. Almost immediately, we faced a vertical wall to get out of the wash. He made it up, so I gunned it and went after him. Thank goodness for 4WD. Throughout the couple minutes into and out of the wash, you never heard such language from my ladies.
We asked the guy if he had done anything like that before. He told us he had done that wash in his ATV, but never in a Jeep. "But I knew we could do it", he said. The petroglyphs were a short hike up the end of the mesa.
These petroglyphs were unusual because many of them were much deeper than normal. We don't know if they were originally dug deeper, or if erosion has taken more away for some reason. In any case, they are called the "Cookie Cutter" petroglyphs due to their dept (around 3/8 inch).
We finished our viewing, then tackled the wash again, but I'm afraid there was more shocking language as we drove over the edge. Fortunately, the guy had told us about an exit that was much more gentle, and we appreciated that,