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Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites, Moab

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Admire prehistoric stone carvings at Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites, a set of petroglyphs made by Paleo-Indians. Ancient drawings of hunting and birthing scenes provide clues into the live of North America's original dwellers. These centuries-old images feature humans, animals, and abstract shapes impressed or painted over a panel extending 38 m (125 ft). Step back in time and wonder about messages these ancestors left with their old-school petroglyphs and pictographs for future generations. The roads leading to the art sites provide views of spectacular scenery. To visit Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites on your trip to Moab, use our Moab trip itinerary maker.
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  • It was a little difficult to find, had to stop for directions, but it was so worth it. Couldn't get over how many petroglyphs there were!  more »
  • While these aren't the best petroglyphs to be found in the area, they're very good and couldn't be easier to see, being right next to the road. Plenty of variety in the rock art here, and most of it i...  more »
  • Saw these carvings on the roadside to Potash on Route 279. Pretty spectacular that the Archaic and Fremont people were able to carve these figures into the rocks. Even more amazing is that they have e...  more »

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