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A last-minute addition to my Moab rock art bucket list was the Moab Man petroglyph at the Golf Course Rock Art Site. I think I actually had the Moab Man on but Utah bucket list but didn’t realize it was so easy to see. So one night before dinner, with a little spare time, we decided to head out and see the Moab Man and his beautiful earrings.
The site is super easy to get to and there are signs along the way. You’ll be going through some residential areas, but its a pretty straight shot to get there.
And you’ll definitely know when you’re there. There is a parking area by Robertson’s Farm with a fence in front of the petroglyphs so you can’t go right up to them. There is an impressive amount of them here, but the Moab Man and his earrings are the highlight. The panels seen here are from the Anasazi and Freemont periods. This is a great addition to any southern Utah road trip or Trail of the Ancients road trip. It’s also a great filler between bigger activities.
Where is the golf course rock art site in Moab?
How long do you need to see the Moab Man?
You could easily get to and see the golf course rock art site in an hour. Maybe even a half hour. It’s just a short drive from downtown Moab towards The Needles section of Canyonlands.
What to bring camping in Moab
Sleeping pad – Gotta make the tent comfy! The one I have isn’t available anymore but this one is similar. It’s self-inflating and just needs a little help filling all the way. Buy the sleeping pad here.
Pillow – If you’re just driving, I’d just bring a regular pillow, but if you’re flying then renting a car, you might want a smaller pillow. This is a good non-inflatible option. Here is a good inflatable option.
Lantern – I love having a lantern for in the tent at night, reading in the dark, or going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The LuminAID is my favorite and you can charge your phone on it. Buy the LuminAID lantern here.
Hiking poles – These will be helpful on longer hikes that are on the steeper side. They’ll be good if you have bad knees for when you’re going downhill and will give you something to lean on going up the hills.
Snacks – These are more important for long hikes, but you never know when you’ll get hungry! I like EPIC bars (kind of like beef jerky but different), Sahale nut mix things, and Moon Cheese. There’s always the good old Clif Bars and trail mix, too.
Light Jacket – Because you just never know. Weather can change quickly depending on where you are and if you’ll be in any slot canyons, they can get cool depending on the time of day and season. I usually use my rain jacket for this.
Things to keep in mind when visiting ruins:
- Do not touch the rock art (pictographs or petroglyphs) because the oils on our fingers can degrade them.
- If you find artifacts, do not take them. Leave them where they are and just take pictures.
- If there are structures (rooms, kivas, anything like that) don’t enter them unless it is stated that you can. Most places you can’t but national and state parks will have restored structures you can enter. Mesa Verde, Edge of the Cedars, and Anasazi Museum all have ruins you can enter.
- And finally, don’t carve in or write on the rocks! I don’t want to have to say this, but I need to fo sho.
Have you seen the Moab Man petroglyph? What are your favorite petroglyphs in Moab?