Horseshoe Canyon lies in a remote section of Canyonlands National Park. The trailhead is accessed by traveling 32 miles of dirt roads from Utah Highway 24 and then it’s a 3.25 mile desert canyon hike to the gallery. This hike, described as moderately strenuous, involves a 750 foot climb out of the canyon and much of the trail is soft sand, which can be tiring but is well worth the effort.
|I'm heading into the canyon. The 6.5 mile round trip hike|
features stunning desert scenery.
|This photo shows the immensity of the rocks|
in Horseshoe Canyon. Can you spot me in
the picture? Look for the black arrow on the
bottom left—it's pointing right at me.
This collection of pictographs has endured for millennia due to its location under an alcove in a hard-to-access area. While safeguarded from the elements, rock art is still vulnerable to vandalism by modern humans; to combat this problem park rangers and volunteers are stationed at the gallery. Rangers and volunteers educate visitors and answer questions about the gallery as well.
|The most famous panel in The Great Gallery.|
Named "The Holy Ghost Panel" this artwork showcases a larger-than-life
mystical figure who appears to be a deity. Are the other figures his followers?
|What could these two life-sized figures represent?|
One appears to have a crown, the other houses two fighting
ungulates inside his chest.
|Isn't this figure fascinating? A healer?|
A mother (or Mother Nature)? A cannibal?
Why is a bird perched on her right shoulder?
Let your imagination run wild.
|Is this a couple with the animals they've hunted|
or are tracking?
Or are these ghostly figures "gods" of the hunt?
After viewing this exhibit I think you’ll agree that rock art is neither boring nor all the same. And I guarantee that even if you’re not an art aficionado you’ll never forget a day spent at this astonishing art gallery.
Interested in visiting The Great Gallery? Read more about it by visiting this website: http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/canyonlands/horseshoe_canyon.htm