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“The Ancient Ones were tough people!”

Sand Island Petroglyphs
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Bluff
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Just getting to many of these petroglyphs is an adventure. You will be amazed by all the drawings
as you wonder what they were tryng to tell future
people.

Thank Nativson
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Exit the highway at Sand Island boat launch. Make the first right and park by the cyclone fence on the hill. This is not marked on the highway, but once you turn in there is a sign. There is a wall of petroglyphs about 70 feet long. It is really neat.

5  Thank Pat K
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This wall of petroglyphs was hidden bu Tamerisk bushes for years until Utah introduced a little beetl that kills this voracisous non native bush. Now they are easily viewed and it is impressive.

1  Thank tumblwede
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed in Bluff, a small quiet town after driving Monument Valley and through Mexican Hat along Hwy 163. A few worthwhile attractions are around the vicinity and one of these is the collection of Rock Art images (Petroglyphs) along an overhanging cliff face at Sand Island.

A signed access is about four miles heading out of Bluff although we nearly missed the turnoff, as the sign seemed to stand out better coming east into town along Hwy 191.The small side road to Sand Island Camping area car park will get you within a short walking distance of the cliff face. It’s not a big site but you can follow a small trail along the face where you see the different rock drawings.

No pamphlets are provided because it’s free to enter and an honour system in place for the campsite. A couple of clean pit style restrooms, but no water are a good convenience in this remote area. Read up if can before you visit as there is some but not a lot of descriptions onsite. Basically the drawings represent Kokopelli, the humpbacked flute player of ancient Pueblo mythology - look for him. A chain barrier is in place but you can get close enough to see the drawings quite clearly.

We found it very interesting and it’s hard to believe they are between 800 to 2500 years old. Well worth a detour and there was no one there - but may change in the summer months. Bring some water though; perhaps some may be available at the picnic site near the river - imagine this place gets really hot in summer!

Enjoy your experience!

3  Thank Globebugs
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