Thirteen Faces Pictographs

Monticello, Utah

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Don?t expect to find any signs marking the Thirteen Faces Trailhead. This trail is not well advertised by the Park Service and does not appear on many maps. When you see the Thirteen Faces you will understand why. The ancient pictographs are extremely fragile and could be easily damaged by vandals, yet they are in surprisingly good condition after so many centuries of exposure. We really have no idea when they were painted, but the artist died at least 700 years ago, and probably much earlier. Their style indicates that the Thirteen Faces were produced by the Fremont Culture, which is interesting because this canyon was heavily occupied by the Anasazi Indians. To date, no evidence has been discovered of any permanent Fremont settlements in the area. There appears to have been a great deal of intermingling between the two cultures in other parts of the Southwest, however, and perhaps the Fremonts were frequent visitors in Horse Canyon. Trail: Unmarked, but easy to follow.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Don?t expect to find any signs marking the Thirteen Faces Trailhead. This trail is not well advertised by the Park Service and does not appear on many maps. When you see the Thirteen Faces you will understand why.

The ancient pictographs are extremely fragile and could be easily damaged by vandals, yet they are in surprisingly good condition after so many centuries of exposure. We really have no idea when they were painted, but the artist died at least 700 years ago, and probably much earlier. Their style indicates that the Thirteen Faces were produced by the Fremont Culture, which is interesting because this canyon was heavily occupied by the Anasazi Indians. To date, no evidence has been discovered of any permanent Fremont settlements in the area. There appears to have been a great deal of intermingling between the two cultures in other parts of the Southwest, however, and perhaps the Fremonts were frequent visitors in Horse Canyon. Trail: Unmarked, but easy to follow.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 1.6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,240 feet
Top Elevation: 5,240 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS South Six-Shooter Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Thirteen Faces Pictographs

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