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Buckhorn Wash Rock Art

Buckhorn Wash Rock Art Panel

Buckhorn Wash

What To See And Do: Once the scene of outlaw chases, Buckhorn Draw, a long, steep-walled canyon, is the main northern gate-way to the San Raphael Swell. A canyon highlight is the interpreted Buckhorn Draw Native American rock art site, where BLM has built an interpretive area. These striking figures were restored as Emery County's Utah Centennial Project in 1996.

Buckhorn Wash rock art includes pictographs and petroglyphs made by prehistoric cultures. Pictographs are painted onto the rock, as opposed to petroglyphs, which are pecked into the rock. The BLM brochure quotes Schaafsma (The Rock Art of Utah, Univ. of Utah): these may be "pictures of shamans experiencing symbolic death and at times transformations, probably into a supernatural or animal form..."

How To Get There: The Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel at Buckhorn Wash is in a remote part of the San Rafael Swell not far from the San Rafael campground. From the south, the Buckhorn Draw area is accessible from the south from I-70, Exit 129.

Contact Information: For maps, brochures, and other information, please contact the BLM Price Field Office, located at 125S 600W, Price, UT 84501. Telephone: 435-636-3600

Looking into Buckhorn. Many scenic wonders and other opportunities await the visitor who chooses to explore Buckhorn Wash. The Cottonwood trees are beautiful colors of orange and gold in the fall and make for some gorgeous photo ops. This area is easily accessible by auto.