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Sego Canyon Rock Art – Sego Utah
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Overview
Location

Just north of Thompson Springs, Utah

Sights

Tons of Rock Art, Thompson Canyon Arch, old train bridge

Distance

Less than a hundred yards of walking

Parking Lot Elevation

5504 ft

Summit Elevation

Varies slightly

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies slightly

Time Required

<1 hour

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

No shade

Trail Condition

Dirt trail

Restrooms

Yes. Pit style

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Not allowed in immediate area

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Bring a camera

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The Trail:

All of the pictographs are located within very short walking distance of the parking lot area.  There are hundreds of pictographs and petroglyphs lining the canyon walls and many are still in incredible condition.

The main parking lot area with restrooms (pit style).

The main parking lot area with restrooms (pit style).

According to the several kiosks in the area that you can read, there are three different styles of rock art: Archaic (Barrier Canyon), Fremont and Ute.   All of them are equally fascinating and give you the sense of how important this area was to ancient peoples.  As you walk around you can clearly see the differences in rock art style.

Sego Canyon Rock Art

Ute Panel

The Ute Panel is located behind a wooden fence and across a dry river bed.  You can still easily take pictures of it from afar.

Ute Panel

Ute Panel

Ute Panel

Ute Panel

Fremont Panel

The Fremont Panel features very strange looking pictographs.  Drawings of people with hollow eyes and antennas are shown, along with petroglyphs of animals and hunters.

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Fremont Panel

Sego Canyon Rock Art

Barrier Canyon Panel

The Barrier Canyon Panel is located on Private Land (there is a fence enclosing the pictographs but you can still see them).  You can see modern graffiti covering some of the pictographs and even bullet holes destroying some of them also.  It always amazes me how stupid people can be sometimes.

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Barrier Canyon Panel

Thompson Canyon Arch

On the east side of the parking lot you can see the remnants of an old railroad bridge that went up the canyon to the small coal mining town of Sego which has long since been abandoned.  Above this bridge is the Thompson Canyon Arch.

Thompson Canyon Arch and an old railroad bridge.

Thompson Canyon Arch and an old railroad bridge

The Return:

Head towards your vehicle.

Personal Thoughts:

This area was really cool!  I enjoyed it because it was out of the ordinary and  it offered hundreds of pictographs and petroglyphs.  If you are on your way to Moab, I would suggest you make the 15 minute detour to check out these amazing rock art panels.

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