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Stories in sandstone: Potash Road petroglyphs


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About five miles SW of Moab on the Potash Road (aka Scenic Byway 279), travelers may be surprised to find several extensive panels of petroglyphs from the Formative period (Anasazi and Fremont cultures).

The glyphs are not hard to find — in fact, there are road signs marking the spots, two of them within 100 yards of each other.

The two-lane is bordered on the east by the broad brown sweep of the Colorado River, with slickrock mounds and domes rising above the tree-lined river border on the other side. Above the road on the west loom steep sandstone walls, making this stretch of highway a popular spot for rock climbers.

The rock walls are coated sporadically with desert varnish, into which some of the more prominent glyphs have been carved and chiseled. In many areas, slabs of varnished rock have flaked away, leading one to wonder what storytelling elements…

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This entry was posted on November 6, 2012 by in Uncategorized.
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