Moab Rim Petroglyphs: Knots in the rope of time

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Moab Rim Petroglyphs: Knots in the rope of time

Moab Rim Petroglyphs capture the imagination
Petroglyph panels are located at the base of buttresses on a globular sandstone dome locals call the Old Folks’ Home.
At the Hidden Valley petroglyph panel one anthropomorph stands within the belly of another. This Basketmaker image may date back three thousand years.
A spectacular panel is pecked into desert varnish at the base of the northwest buttress of the Old Folks’ Home.
Hidden Valley (black-line route) begins on the south side of Moab, scales the rim and then bears northwest to the petroglyphs. Moab Rim (blue-line route) starts beside the Colorado River, goes northeast to the rim, and then southeasterly. Walk the Hidden Valley to Moab Rim traverse with a shuttle.
Trail basics

Travel to Hidden Valley Trailhead: From Center Street and Main Street in Moab, drive south on U.S. Highway 191 for 3.7 miles. Turn right on Angel Rock Road, just before U.S. 191 narrows to one lane. In 0.3 mile, go right on Rim Rock Lane following the sign to Hidden Valley Trailhead. No facilities.
Travel to Moab Rim Trailhead: From Center and Main, drive south on U.S. 191 for 0.6 mile. Turn right on Kane Creek. The paved road parallels the east side of the Colorado River. The trailhead is on the left in another 2.6 miles. Pit toilet, no water.
Distance and Elevation Gain: Hidden Valley Trailhead to the petroglyph panel and back: 5 miles; 900 feet of climbing. Moab Rim Trailhead to Point 5,305’ Overlook and back: about 9.2 miles; 2,000 feet elevation gain. Hidden Valley to Moab Rim Traverse: 10 miles including side trips to petroglyphs and Pt. 5,305’ Overlook
Time: 3½ to 7 hours, depending on route
Difficulty: Trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; no exposure
Maps: Moab, Utah 7.5 Quad

Moab Rim Petroglyphs: Knots in the rope of time

Petroglyph panels are located at the base of buttresses on a globular sandstone dome locals call the Old Folks’ Home.
At the Hidden Valley petroglyph panel one anthropomorph stands within the belly of another. This Basketmaker image may date back three thousand years.
A spectacular panel is pecked into desert varnish at the base of the northwest buttress of the Old Folks’ Home.
Hidden Valley (black-line route) begins on the south side of Moab, scales the rim and then bears northwest to the petroglyphs. Moab Rim (blue-line route) starts beside the Colorado River, goes northeast to the rim, and then southeasterly. Walk the Hidden Valley to Moab Rim traverse with a shuttle.
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