""Rock Art" Road Tour: Moonflower Canyon" Top 5 Page for this destination Petroglyphs Tip by goodfish

Petroglyphs, Moab: 6 reviews and 25 photos

  Paintbrush - Moonflower Canyon
by goodfish
  • Paintbrush - Moonflower Canyon - Moab
      Paintbrush - Moonflower Canyon
    by goodfish
  • - Moab
  • - Moab
  • - Moab
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Sadly, this is one of the more vandalized sites on the route but I'm giving it special mention because it's near the mouth of a pretty box canyon that's worth a side wander. The petroglyphs are easy to get to: just a stroll from the parking area, and behind a protective fence. The canyon is also a peaceful, primitive (no water) camping area with 8 walk-in sites scattered along the creek near the mouth to a large pothole pool. Cool, shady and quiet, it's a nice alternative to busy N.P. grounds, and fills early:


After a look at the petroglyphs, just jump on the trail and follow it along - being careful not to disturb any campers - a short distance to the pothole and back. If you're lucky and there has been a recent rain, you might catch a waterfall cascading into the pool. Along the way you'll see vines of the lovely-but-poisonous white moonflowers (Datura/Jimsonweed) that give the canyon its name.

Special mention: if you should happen to be a flutist, I'm told that this canyon has some pretty awesome acoustics so bring along your instrument!

Address: Moab, Utah
Directions: Kane Creek Blvd about 3 miles from Moab - see link
Website: http://www.discovermoab.com/pdf/rockart.pdf

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 25, 2016
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Comments (2)

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    a shame about the vandals

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Mar 26, 2016 at 2:37 AM

      It is, isn't it? Indigenous ruins and panels of pictographs/petroglyphs are scattered all over the Southwest, and it's impossible to protect them all. The remote locations of some known to private landowners or archeologists are revealed only to trustworthy individuals to shield them from pothunters and vandals.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    So Kokopelli was here once :-)


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