Sand Island Petroglyph #4
Sand Island Campground, Utah
Visually this set of petroglyphs is not as striking as the others in the area. While it does have it’s own set of unique characters, what I found most interesting about this set is that they were created on a section of canyon wall that had none of the dark desert varnish used as the scratch medium for the figures like most petroglyphs do. That’s the reason these don’t stand out well– in fact they are easy to walk right by without noticing them except when the sun is hitting them at such a low angle, creating maximum contrast. These figures also seemed to make use of an unusual (for this area anyway) method of pecking method to fill in the heads of some of the creatures depicted.