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Wolfman Petroglyphs, UT

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,524 feet
Elevation Gain -75 feet
Accumulated Gain 150 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.25
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Comb Ridge
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Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 137
Routes 111
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Trips 942 map ( 2,097 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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by PaleoRob

Overview
The Wolfman Panel is a well known petroglyph panel along lower Butler Wash, on the backside of Comb Ridge in southeastern Utah. This site was somewhat secret until several books were published with its location. Recently the BLM has taken steps to provide more visibility and protection to the site, so I felt publishing here was appropriate.


Warning
The cliff has exposure and narrow ledges. Take caution when descending to the site. During the middle of the day and into the late afternoon, there is no shade. Be prepared to get hot.

Hike
The hike starts from the trailhead off the Butler Wash road. Follow the closed road down towards the cliff edge. Halfway to the edge of the cliff you'll see another sign, like at the parking area, warning not to drive down the old road. The road trace ends at a ledge; follow the foot path down to the true edge of the cliff. Head left (downcanyon) and the edge will begin to slop downwards. There is one large boulder that forces you to squeeze through a narrow passage, followed by a three foot drop. Beyond this, there is no major technical challenge to this hike, and even moderate sized dogs are able to complete it.

After descending the drop, continue along the ledge to the alcove that is visible at the bend in the canyon. The petroglyphs start just past the alcove. These petroglyphs have lasted, in some cases, literally thousands of years, but modern humans have seen fit to blast away with a rifle. Please don't make matters worse - look with your eyes, not with your hands. When you have finished enjoying the ancient artwork, return to your vehicle via the route you came.

Water Sources
None. Bring your own.

Camping
You can camp at the trailhead or on the slickrock nearby, but better camping sites are available further down Butler Wash road.

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2010-09-06 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Wolfman Petroglyphs
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    Couldn't fly at the Bluff Balloon Festival so we headed to Comb Ridge instead. Some folks were new to the area so Bryan and I decided to take them to Wolfman since it is a short and easy hike. They were blown away and loved the ruins across the way! We were surprised to see flowing water in Butler Wash. Headed back into Bluff for the Balloon Glow. There were two other parties in the canyon but they were also in town for the balloon festival.
    Wolfman Petroglyphs
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    Screwed around on the backside of Comb Ridge. Wife got pissed that we weren't going someplace well known; instead we were just wandering. Headed to Wolfman to give her a taste of what she was after. Bummed because I wanted to get to the top of the ridge, as well as going to Procession Panel. :( Not sure if I'll get there this year now...

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Bluff, Utah, drive west on US163. Turn right at the signed Butler Wash Road turnoff. Follow the road to the first fenceline and make a left. Butler Wash Road can be rough and rocky, but nothing requiring high clearance. Park at the end of the road and begin your hike there.
    page created by PaleoRob on Sep 06 2010 9:11 pm
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