Hiking Project Logo

gem icon Courthouse Wash Rock Art [Suggest Edits]

8 votes
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Description

This large petroglyph panel has a lot to offer. Look closely to see human figures, sheep, shields, birds, dogs and abstract objects carved and painted on the rock. There are also some smaller petroglyphs carved into rock boulders near the base of the cliffs. The large tapered figures are thought to be painted by the Archaic Indians, then later the Ute or Pueblo Indians added the white shields. Utes likely made the later chipped designs. This important site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Immediately after crossing the Colorado River Bridge (going north on 191 leaving Moab), park at the pullout on the right side of the road. Head east on the Courthouse Wash Rock Art Trail gravel path to the base of the rock cliffs. Look up at the walls for faint markings - if you round the point of the cliffs or enter Courthouse Wash, you've gone too far. As always- do not touch the petroglyphs or climb on the rocks here. This area was badly damaged in 1980 by deliberate vandalism. Special infrared cameras used during the subsequent restoration work revealed layers of older designs underneath the painted images that we can see with the naked eye today.

Short Walk: Short uphill climb to the base of the cliffs- about 500 feet.

Family Friendly: Quick access to a spot with many diverse petroglyph figures- kids enjoy making up stories to explain what the figures are doing. Obvious educational opportunity to discuss ancient cultures!

Gem Type: Historic Site

Shared by:
Megan W

0 Comments

You & This Gem

Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Apr 12, 2021
Rui Chen
T
Oct 2, 2020
Rey Fast
be there at sunrise
May 29, 2020
Joy Young
Jul 4, 2019
Darle Lee McClintock
Jul 23, 2018
Anthony Koberstein
Jun 26, 2018
Todd Ginder
This was vandalized and barely visible. Not worth the walk in 100 degree weather.
Apr 16, 2018
Jacob Howell
Apr 4, 2018
Sean Lyman

Nearby Gems

gem Favorite Moon with Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

(112) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Double Arch at the terminus of the Double Arch Trail

Double Arch

(58) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Ashley takes in the dramatic view that surrounds the Fiery Furnace.

Fiery Furnace

(26) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Morning Glory Arch is a nice treat after a hike in Negro Bill Canyon.

Morning Glory Arch

(18) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Ute Indian petroglyphs near Wolfe Ranch

Wolfe Ranch Petroglyphs

(21) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Mill Creek Waterfall.

Mill Creek Waterfall

(9) Moab, UT

Nearby Trails

3.1 mi 5.0 km Delicate Arch Trail
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry
7 days ago
280 
0.5 mi 0.8 km Double Arch Trail
Easy
Moab, UT
Easy
Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry
7 days ago
95 
4.1 mi 6.5 km Grandstaff Hiking Trail
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry
34 days ago
70 
1.0 mi 1.6 km Windows Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry
14 days ago
81 
2.2 mi 3.6 km Corona Arch Trail
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
53 
0.3 mi 0.5 km Balanced Rock Trail
Easy
Moab, UT
Easy
Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry
30 days ago
54 
5.9 mi 9.5 km Lathrop Canyon Trail
Difficult
Moab, UT
Difficult
Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry
80 days ago
14 
1.4 mi 2.2 km Broken Arch Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry - not marked well on loop by campground.
30 days ago
25 
1.6 mi 2.6 km Mill Creek Waterfall Out-and-Back
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry, Some Mud, Fallen Trees
35 days ago
0.2 mi 0.4 km Turret Arch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry
14 days ago
25 
Shared by Megan W on Aug 17, 2015. All Page Views: 5,440. Last Month: 83.