Age is not known, but at the youngest they are 2000 years old and could be as old as 8000 years. Amazing!
This panel has been reproduced in museums like the Museum of Modern Art in New york City.
I stood and studied the details of these figures for a long time. It's incredible how much has remained.
The left end of the panel
This is known as the Holy Ghost Panel. Human figures accompanied by a hollow-eyed ghost figure.
Herd of sheep and hunters
Wider shot. I love the smaller guy who looks like he's dancing with a trumpet.
This figure has two sheep on his chest.
I think this guy was my favorite. He appears to have small 'critters' on each shoulder - reminds me of the devil and angel cartoons.
Another Holy Ghost. The main panel had almost jovial looking figures, but this one was just spooky.
Closer look at the smaller sheep and hunters
My friend with the shoulder-devil and shoulder-angel
The figure with the sheep on the chest. 2000 years old! Minimum! Amazing.
The longer I look, the more detail I see.
Panorama of the Great Gallery
A fainter panel to the left with white sheep and tick marks (thumb prints?_
A wider figure.
After a long visit to the great gallery we hiked back the way we came.
This time I appreciated some of the fall color.
Back at the alcove panel.
Hiking back out
Looking back in the canyon.
We drove to Capitol Reef and spent the night in the campground. It was beautiful!
And a campground night can't end without some Jiffy Pop!