Moab Archaeology and Rock Art

Archaeology and Prehistory in Moab Utah – Rock Art, Anasazi, Cliff Dwellings >>>

The Moab area is blessed with thousands of years of ancient inhabitation. From archaic hunter gatherers to the mysterious Anasazi who built dwellings and granaries high in the cliffs. If you’re interested in seeing evidence of those who passed long before us you’re in luck! The Moab area offers access to incredible rock art panels called “Petroglyphs” with designs, animals and symbols pecked into the rock centuries to millenia ago. Can you pick out the bear claw or the Bison in the image above? You can also view the remains of ancient dwellings and granaries (food storage) perched high among the sandstone cliffs or tucked neatly into a cave.

Our first suggestion is to stop at the visitor’s center on Main St. in Moab and pick up a copy of the Moab Rock Art Tour guide. You can then take a quick jaunt from town to see the petroglyphs along Potash Road or at the golf course. I’ve made a few suggestions below on books that you can read beforehand if you want to plan your rock art excursions. I highly suggest asking a ranger for directions to the “Birthing Scene” petroglyph located along Kane Creek Road. Have fun!

If you are serious about seeing some of the most amazing architecture including round turrets and castles then Hovenweep is worth the drive. Hovenweep National Monument is located south of Moab and is a good long day trip. To learn more about Hovenweep please visit the page on this site dedicated to it here.


If you’re fascinated with rock art like us be sure to visit Newspaper Rock. It is located on the way into the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park on Utah Route 211. It’s right next the road and is easily viewed and photographed. Roughly 2,000 plus years of petroglyph activity are viewable at the site. Cultures represented are the Fremont, Navajo, Anasazi- (Ancestral Puebloans) and even white settlers-(Anglos).
Visit the Newspaper rock page here.