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Kane Creek Petroglyphs near Moab

We saw a lot of petroglyphs on our trip to Moab. Several panels can be seen by traveling Kane Creek Boulevard on the east side of the Colorado River. (Take Kane Road right from Moab’s main street– it’s between McDonalds and Burger King. Bear left at the Y.) After about 3 miles, we came to Moon Flower Canyon. This area is gorgeous, and the camping here looks amazing.

We pulled into the Moon Flower Canyon pullout at the sign and the petroglyphs are on the right side. A huge rock face has all kinds of petroglyphs carved into it. Some have been a bit defaced as they are right at ground level. The panel is pretty big– maybe 100 feet long and 12 feet tall.

This sign tells you about the petroglyphs at Moonflower Canyon.
They are very defaced…it’s sad.

Down the road 1.2 miles is another panel. All these panels seem to have bighorn sheep and snakes. I guess there were a lot of bighorn sheep in this area and prehistoric times. And snakes are so easy to draw….

More petroglyphs are located up this beautiful canyon. We continued down the road until we got to a cattleguard and the road became a well-maintained gravel road. From the cattleguard we traveled 1.3 miles to the final petroglyph. There is a sign, and a large rock just off the road. This rock is famous for “the birthing scene” or a child being born feet first (use your imagination). All four sides of the stone have some sort of petroglyph.

Be sure to check out the Poison Spider Petroglyphs just across the river.

The famous birthing scene is on the left side of the rock.
There are petroglyphs on every side of this rock.
More petroglyphs
Watch for this sign as you head up the canyon to find the
birthing scene.