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Petroglyph Beach

Archaeologists believe this panel of petroglyphs depicting descending sheep and other figures in Glen Canyon are 3,000 to 6,000 years old. 


Petroglyph Beach is a remarkable site located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a scenic park that stretches across Arizona and Utah. Petroglyph Beach stands out as an archaeological treasure and offers visitors a glimpse into the rich history of the region.

Situated on the edge of the Colorado River, Petroglyph Beach is named for the numerous petroglyphs found etched into the walls of Glen Canyon. Petroglyphs are ancient rock carvings made by ancient Native Americans who inhabited the area centuries ago. These carvings depict various symbols, animals, and scenes that hold significant cultural and spiritual meaning.

The beach itself is a serene and tranquil spot where visitors can relax and enjoy the picturesque surroundings before continuing down the river.  Exploring Petroglyph Beach offers a unique opportunity to connect with the past and appreciate the artistic expressions of the indigenous people who once thrived in the region. The petroglyphs provide a glimpse into their daily lives, beliefs, and experiences. Visitors can spend hours examining the intricate carvings and pondering the stories they tell.

It’s important to note that Petroglyph Beach is a protected site, and visitors are encouraged to treat it with respect and care. It is essential to avoid touching or damaging the petroglyphs to preserve them for future generations. Many sites within the National Park Service have specific guidelines and regulations in place to ensure their preservation, so it’s advisable to follow any posted instructions.

Know Before You Go

Please note that this site is only accessible by watercraft from Lee's Ferry Launch Ramp. If using a backhaul service, ask your captain to stop by Petroglyph Beach. This site is located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. A National Parks pass is required to enter.

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