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Peter Bowden | all galleries >> 2012 Utah Trip Report >
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On the way back to town we decided to take a look at the pictographs near Courthouse Wash as you enter the town of Moab from Arches. We parked where the “Driving Rock Art Tour" pamphlet said. Threw some water in a backpack and started off down the bike trail. Our directions were vague enough that we turned up the wash rather that continue on the bike path.
It wasn’t a bad hike, but it seemed that the rock art was taking longer than it should have to find. We have a “just around the next bend” attitude so we hiked in about a mile or so before giving up. The trail was getting pretty gnarly by then…pushing through tall sagebrush in a snaky looking area. It was in the upper 90s as we made our way back. We were startled by a mule deer and her twins at one point. We scared each other half to death!
It was a lovely canyon in spite of not finding the rock art. Still it was hot, and Peter still wanted some time to peddle his rock art reproductions around Moab a bit. When we made it back to the parking lot, we read the placard and it seemed we’d been looking way too hard. As we dove back down the road into Moab, we saw the cliff on the left side of the road by the bike path and there was the pictograph. At this point we’d lost interest. Just too hot!

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