Thursday, August 11, 2011

White Mountain Petroglyphs

Callan recently put up a pretty slick gigapan of some rocks near and dear to my heart.  He's got an awesome shot of the Green River Formation exposed on the flank of White Mountain, which I've talked about before (I work in the fluvial portions of the Wilkins Peak Member of the ol' Green River Fm, which is the most clastic phase of the Green River).

If you ever find yourself in the area, you could do worse than just heading north up Highway 191, and taking some time to explore the BLM roads in the area.  There are actually some pretty cool petroglyphs to be found in the fluvial sandstones of the Wasatch Formation (Paleocene/earliest Eocene) that underlies the Green River Fm in the Bridger Sub-basin.  I visited a BLM-run spot on the flank of White Mountain that showcases some of the best ones to be found in the area, and I thought I'd share some photos:

The picture below is a close-up of the buffalo(?) in the above shot:

The picture below is a little washed out...but if you embiggen it by clicking, you'll see an elk:

Pretty neat!  The Sweetwater County tourism board has some info available on the BLM administered site, including driving directions, here.     

1 comment:

Terrell K. Williams said...

Those are really neat pictures. Especially the hand print.