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McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs

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The McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs is an impressive area of preserved Fremont petroglyphs located on private land near Vernal, Utah.

Directions

The McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs are located at 6228 McConkie Rd, Vernal, UT 84078 in Dry Fork Canyon.

It is on private land, but the owners are generous enough to share them with visitors and only ask a nominal fee of $5 per car by cash or Venmo. You can pay and get additional info in the small shed in the parking area.

Main Panel Petroglyphs

To get to the main panel of petroglyphs, head across the road and though the field.

The path then has a few switchbacks to get to the petroglyphs.

When you get up to the level of the petroglyphs, there is a sign that says Main Panel to the left and Other Petroglyphs to the right. There are only a few to the left, so see them first so it isn’t anticlimactic.

The path to the left is where all of the super impressive panels are!

The trail now follows the cliffside. There are some boulders that requires the path to shift slightly back and forth.

Here are the views looking both directions.

Of course the main views are the petroglyphs!

Most are carved petroglyphs, but some are painted pictographs.

The petroglyphs are textured. Please don’t touch them since we want to preserve them, but you can see it.

We saw some lizards along the trail.

There were a few wildflowers and butterflies too.

At the end of trail, you will turn around and return to the parking lot. There is a second trail called Three Kings. We didn’t have time to do those this time. Here are more petroglyphs from the main panels.

Stats: Distance – 1.0 miles round trip (an additional 1.5 miles to Three Kings Petroglyphs)
Approximate hiking time – 30-90 minutes
Elevation gain – 223 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year Round
Permits needed – $5 per car
Pets allowed – Yes

Nearby places to explore are Moonshine Arch, Steinaker Reservoir, Flaming Gorge, Fantasy Canyon, Dinosaur National Monument, and Red Fleet.

Other petroglyphs can be found at Santa Clara, Parowan Gap, Potash Road, Hickman Bridge, and Eagle Mountain. Pictographs can be found at Parrish Creek.

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