Big Man Pictographs in Grand Gulch via Government Trail

Mexican Hat, Utah 84531

Big Man Pictographs in Grand Gulch via Government Trail

Big Man Pictographs in Grand Gulch via Government Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Before you begin this hike, pause to examine the small pond near the car parking area. The pond is an oasis in the middle of a largely waterless tableland. Although it was constructed originally by local ranchers for the purpose of watering their cattle, it has since become a haven for birds, deer, and coyotes. If you arrived too late in the day to begin your hike, the pond is a delightful place to spend the night.

When you see the pictograph panel it will become obvious why it was named Big Man. The central focus of the art is two life size human figures, one of which appears to be a woman and the other obviously a man. There is also a pictograph of a woman carrying a baby. But for me the most interesting part of the artwork is the signature handprints of the artists. Many pictographs of the Southwest include such handprints. The Big Man Pictographs were probably made by the Anasazi people who resided in Grand Gulch between 200 and 1300 A.D., but they could have been made much earlier than that. Archeologists have long been frustrated by the fact that no method now exists for accurately dating such art."

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Trail Information

Mexican Hat
Nearby City
10.6
Distance
620 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
6.25 hours
Duration
Spring, summer, fall
Season
5,670 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,670 feet
Top Elevation
San Juan Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management, in Monticello
Local Contacts
Pollys Pasture (USGS)
Local Maps

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Jul 2018