The information center in Moab has some pamplhets about interesting places in the area. One of them lists a few drives to see Rock Art. Since I’ve never seen petroglyphs I did one of the drives today and was rewarded with some great photos. It also brought home to me the fact that people were living in this area about 2000 years ago. They had their needs, struggles and successes just as we do today. The pamphlet indicates these petroglyphs were done in the Formative period (AD 1 to AD 1250). The images are representational and include human forms, animals including bighorn sheep, birds, deer, and some abstract designs, among others.
The road I took to see the Rock Art follows the Colorado river (carvings were in the cliffs across the road from the river). I found a boulder on the riverbank and it had 2 holes worn in it, so a bit of sunlight went through each hold and made 2 spots on the rock. Sort of mini arches.
Further along the road was a piece of stone from the Jurassic period with Allosaurus tracks in it.
Near the end of the road is the Jug Handle Arch.