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Kachina Petroglyph Panel, UT

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,282 feet
Elevation Gain 40 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.9
Interest Ruins
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6  2019-05-13 Steph_and_Blake
12  2019-02-14 Stoic
Author Steph_and_Blake
author avatar Guides 100
Routes 61
Photos 2,522
Trips 176 map ( 751 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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A very large petroglyph panel located at the junction of Butler Wash and the San Juan River in San Juan County, Utah.

Not to be confused with another significant panel located to the east, this panel (sometimes called the Lower Butler Wash Panel and sometimes the Kachina Petroglyph Panel) is located on the west side of Butler Wash.

Also, the 0.7 mile distance assumes that you've driven nearly to the site from lower Comb Wash. If you don't have a high-clearance vehicle this should not be attempted and it will add another 4 miles (total) to your hike. It should also be noted that the condition of Comb Wash south of Highway 163 can change dramatically given precipitation and temperatures, there are numerous stream crossings, and potentially deep sand. Recovery gear could come in handy.

Another way to reach the panel is from the river. Guides can be found in Bluff and Blanding.

From the end of the un-named road, hike east along worn trail at the base of the cliffs. After emerging from a tree canopy, you'll come to a wide open field littered with sherds. You may wonder why all those pottery fragments are there. Look closely at the ground and, especially on your return, you'll notice that there is actually a large, rounded, raised area. This is the remains of a large group of dwellings. Hence the ceramics.

Shortly past the sherd field, look up to the left and you'll see the beginnings of a lengthy petroglyph panel. Hike up to the panel for a closer look. The original renderings are of the Glen Canyon Linear style and, in some cases, are superimposed by later Basketmaker artistry. Polly Schaafsma (a leading authority on Native American rock art) says that this panel is "One of the most spectacular displays of the San Juan Anthropomorphic Style".

Take your time to soak up all the details, noting trends and differences. You may also find that photographing the panel is best done down at ground level.

Afterwards, plop down on a downed tree by the river for a snack or lunch break. Return the way you came and be sure to check out River House Ruins along the way.

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2019-05-17 Steph_and_Blake
    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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    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From Bluff, Utah, head west on Highway 163 for 7 miles. Once through the Comb and headed downhill, turn left (south) into Comb Wash. There are a few well-worn tracks leading to the river. After about 4 miles there is an optional sharp-left turn up a hill. This is where you definitely need a high-clearance vehicle. Otherwise, park and go up on foot.
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