Head of Sinbad

While exploring south eastern Utah, I made a stop at the well-published Head of Sinbad pictograph site. This impressive site is a worthy representation of the Barrier Canyon culture style of pictographs dating back nearly 3,000 years. Today one of the main panels is slowly being covered by sediment being washed down the cliff face from high above and will someday in the future completely cover this panel.

The same summer thunderstorms causing the sediment flows can also cause havoc on access to the site; during my visit in the summer of 2007, 4×4 and decent clearance was required to transverse the rutted and eroded road(s) to the site – though not always the case. If you happen upon this site in your travels, as with all sites, please respect it and take only photos!

Approaching the Head of Sinbad site on a stormy summer afternoon. Approaching the Head...
As you near the cliff face, the first pictograph panel starts to come into view. As you near the clif...
The first panel with its Barrier Canyon culture style of pictographs. The first panel with...
Close-up of the first panel. Close-up of the firs...
The second partially covered panel. The second partially...
The muddy sediment flows come down the cliff face from high above. The muddy sediment f...
The Barrier Canyon culture style of pictographs are remarkably more detailed than those of the Paiute and Shoshone tribes of the Great Basin and Colorado deserts. The Barrier Canyon c...
This anthropomorphic figure will soon be lost to the elements as were of figures to its immediate left. This anthropomorphic...

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