Petroglyph Hunting Spots – And A Craft

A few weeks ago I did a guest post over at Tales Of A Mountain Mama about petroglyphs. I thought I’d add onto that subject a little bit today at Nature For Kids, tell you some of the best places to explore and share some more pictures.

This time of year always reminds me of our families petroglyph hunting adventures in southern Utah. It’s the perfect time to go, not too hot or cold in the desert.

Here is a list of great petroglyph hunting spots we had a blast exploring. These links provide in depth info on the areas and how to get there.

Hunting for petroglyphs was a fun way to spend time as a family. It was like a treasure hunt, climbing over rocks looking for images on all the faces.

While at Valley Of Fire in Nevada we came across this pictograph

The interpretive sign called it Mystical Batwoman. My hubs began calling me that and it stuck. I hope It’s not because the crazy antennas resemble my hair. But I’ll take it…it makes me feel like some type of a super hero. 😉

Here’s a fun petroglyph craft we made at our house recently…

Petroglyph Craft For Kids

First gather up these items…

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Styrofoam plate
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Plastic ziploc baggy
  • Butter knife
  • Paint (sandstone color)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil or Nail
  • Measuring Cup

Step 1

Pour 3/4 cups of water into the ziploc baggy. Add 1 1/2 cups plaster.

Step 2

Squish and squash it until all the bumps are gone and it resembles pancake batter.

Step 3

Cut one corner off the baggie.

Step 4

Squirt the plaster through the hole onto the plate.

Step 5

Spread the plaster out and smooth it as best you can. Place a loop of string inside the plaster right at the top for hanging later. Let it dry about 30 minutes.

Step 6

Paint it and then wait for it to dry completely…good time to get a snack.

Step 7

Scratch out your images using the pencil and then the nail.


If you’re interested in learning more about petroglyphs my husband’s good friend leads guided tours of most of the areas we listed above through the Carbon County Recreation Department. Where have you come across some petroglyphs or pictographs? Share some places to explore!

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Shawna is passionate about getting kids outside, a pro at procrastinating laundry day and an advocate of impromptu road trips. She's been in the recreation industry for 18 years.
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8 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    awesome craft for the kids! We found some petroglyphs in California north of Bishop, but didn’t look at them too long because there were also rattlesnakes nesting right next to them!

  2. shawna says:

    Yikes! ya I wouldn’t have stuck around either!

  3. Becca says:

    Ooh, I love the plaster of paris to make your own! I’m gonna do it with my kids and nieces/nephews next time we go to Southern Utah. My sister in Cedar City knows tons of good places to see some!

  4. Marie says:

    Today we went hiking at Red Springs, near Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas. The boardwalk leads to a huge rock with petrograghs.

  5. shawna says:

    So cool Marie! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Looks like so much fun!! Kids make finding places like that so much more memorable.

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