Beyond – what an intriguing prompt! As I thought about it, I realized that one of my favorite adventures was the perfect interpretation of Beyond – that is my trip to Horseshoe Canyon in Utah. Horseshoe Canyon – originally called Barrier Canyon – is the home of the best examples of ancient rock art in North America. It was annexed into Canyonlands National Park in 1971 as a way of protecting this national treasure. The land surrounding these amazing pictographs is not contiguous with Canyonlands, lying several miles west of the main park.
Peter and I were staying in Moab, Utah, which is east of Canyonlands. We decided to spend the day and go over to Horseshoe Canyon – and it took all day. We left Moab early, drove 100 miles on paved roads – basically around Canyonlands, then 30 miles on dirt roads to get to the trailhead of the canyon. Then we hiked another 3 miles to get to the rock art in the canyon – about a 750 foot descent to a dry creek bed and then along the creek bed to what is called the Grand Gallery. It was so worth it! Here is what we saw:
This image, to me, speaks of a Beyond – Beyond Time. This shot includes the park ranger and two visitors so you can appreciate the scale. They are standing on the ledge within about 15 feet of the wall. The largest figure has been measured at seven feet tall. The pictographs have been dated to be 7000-9000 years old. Here are some close-ups of the paintings – you can click on any of the images to get a larger view:
Have you ever encountered something that gave you pause and made you think – “This is beyond time?”