Touring the Byway
4 Days/ 3 Nights | Gateway City: Grand Junction, Colorado
It is very rare that an ancient culture leaves a whole pictorial record behind. One appears in ancient Egypt, another in the Middle East. Lesser known is the record left by the Fremont culture on thousands of rock art sites, petroglyphs carved into the rock surface and pictographs painted on the rock. Traveling the entire Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway, in Utah called the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway, is a fascinating journey, especially if Native American rock art, surrounded by spectacular scenery, is of interest. Your journey to over 15 premier locations begins in Grand Junction at the Museum of the West, before heading to Sego Canyon and Arches National Park.
View the Detailed Itinerary below to see the full route, which is complete with dining, shopping, and lodging recommendations!
The Birthing Scene is a large boulder with rock art on all four sides, with figures and designs ranging from the formative to the historic Ute period. The birthing scene faces the road. The Kane Creek Boulevard Rock Art is located at the mouth of Moon Flower Canyon, on a rock cliff dating from the archaic to formative period of Native American settlements in the area. The Golf Course Rock Art Site is approximately 4 miles from the corner of Main and Center in downtown Moab. Designs appear in a panel nearly 90 feet wide and 30 feet high.