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. Use our Moab trip planner to visit Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites on your trip to Moab, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • If it weren't for that unfortunately worded sign, you might miss it. These are petroglyphs that can be seen from the road and they are amazing.  more »
  • Of the several local rock art sites, this is one that is the biggest, best condition (not vandalized) AND easiest to access - 10 minute drive from Moab, right off the highway. Interpretive sign at the...  more »
  • And this was a great group of Rock Art for me to visit. I'm totally in love with this art and the ancients that produced it.  more »

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