Thirteen Faces Pictographs

Monticello, Utah 84535

Thirteen Faces Pictographs

Thirteen Faces Pictographs Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Jul 2018