Monday, January 22, 2018

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

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Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
The Rochester Panel and Molen Reef Petroglyphs are near Emery, Utah, and consists of one very large panel of hundreds of images likely carved by the Fremont Native Americans. The vast majority of the petroglyphs have a strong Barrier Canyon influnce, including animals, female/male figures, and one large rainbow-like image. Molen Reef Petroglyphs are much smaller, but still expose what the native people were contemplating. You can easily combine both in one afternoon, as the hike to the Rochester Panel is only 1/2 mile, and you can drive right up to the Molen Reef area. Kids, dogs, and casual hikers will enjoy these areas, but please respect the rules and DO NOT touch any of the petroglyphs.


Here's a driving map to the Rochester Panel if coming from Emery, UT.

Here's a driving map to the Molen Reef Petroglyphs if coming from Ferron, UT. The parking area is between mile 6 & 7, off HWY Co Rd 803.

(For Rochester Panel)
Distance: 0.8 miles RT
Elevation gain: flat, 30 ft
Time: 1 hour
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? None
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
 The parking lot is huge, and the TH starts on the East side of the lot.
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
 Follow the trail as it curves down to the right.
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
 You'll hike to the bottom of the canyon, then hike back up a few feet.
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
Hike along a wide ridge area.
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
 Then BAM! The most amazing petroglyphs I have seen in Utah. It's my new favorite! Sadly, that white chunck of rock that is missing is thought to be because people chipped out the sections they wanted to keep for themselves.

*** It is illegal to remove rock art, and touching is NOT allowed! Help preserve petroglyphs - even the oils from our hands can darken them and destroy the carved images. ***

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
Even the views are amazing!

Rochester Panel trail map



Molen Reef Petroglyphs
GPS location: 38.940249, -111.110868

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
Exploring the area!

Molen Reef/Dry Wash Petroglyphs



Hiking to Dutchman Arch

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Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

4 comments:

  1. Great petroglyphs!! Love that Rainbow:) Charlie loos so cute in his scarf:)

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  2. Alicia, I don't really know how to contact you except on this blog… But I am headed down to St. George tomorrow and want to do some hikes. I am super familiar down there because my parents live there. But… Going to stop at Knarraville falls on the way, which I have never been. I DID read your post on that, but I'm curious if you know anything about January. Is it really walking through the water? And the water will be freezing cold? What would you wear for shoes/boots? I want to get down there before the spring when it gets super crazy and the rules might change down there. Any other comments you have about St. George hiking, could you let me know? Thanks! jodiannwood@gmail.com

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  3. Loved these Petroglyphs! The rainbow is the real winner for me!

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  4. Did you observe the panel that would have been at your back when looking over the Rochester rainbow panel? I think it had a lot to do with fertility because there were some pretty graphic X-rated glyphs on that one. When I had my kids there, I was glad they were not of an age to recognize the charactisitics of those glyphs and blush about it. I'll have to stop by the Molen ones when I'm down around that area again.

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