Utah Rock Art Research Association


Both members and visitors can view our field trips.

To register for a field trip:

  1. 1. You must be a current URARA member, due to liability issues.
  2. 2. The trip must be "open" for registration. We tend to open field trips roughly 45 days prior to the trip.
  3. 3. Click the  or  buttons for a field trip "open" for registration.

To cancel your field trip registration:

  1. 1. Click on the "Already registered" link below the  or  buttons.
  2. 2. Click the  button.
Due to the tremendous demand for field trips we would like members to limit their trip registration to three trips per year.

Monthly Field Trips

    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sante Fe, NM
    • 0
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    The 2020 March field trip will be held March 13th and 14th near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The primary focus of this trip is gaining access for URARA members to visit the remarkable Galisteo Basin petroglyphs located on private property within Pueblo San Cristobal in of northern New Mexico. This docent led tour will begin on Saturday, March 14th. While this is a free trip, please consider donating $10 each to help defray the cost of travel and meals for the docent. This money will be given to the Museum of Northern New Mexico.

    On Friday March 13th, we will tour another quality petroglyph site known a La Cieneguilla. This site is located near Santa Fe. Both sites are discussed on various web sites. I invite you to view these sites ahead of your trip. Each of these sites will take a full day.

    Both sites can be considered moderate to difficult particularly if weather conditions are not favorable. If you have any reservations about safety, this is not the trip for you. If weather is extremely bad, the trip will be cancelled. Be sure to plan for poor weather by bring appropriate footwear and clothing. A walking stick is a must. If wet weather should occur both sites can become muddy. At La Cieneguilla, you will encounter loose basalt scree on steep sloping terrain which will make footing difficult.

    Enrollment for this field trip is limited to 12 members plus field trip leaders. A waiting list will be maintained should a members wish to cancel. The limited number for the trip is due to restriction placed upon visitors by the owners of San Cristobal. We are in hopes that those attending will create a favorable impression of URARA so that future trips will be made.

    More details, such as when and where to convene, trip itineraries, lodging options, etc. will be provided to each attending member well before the trip and as final trip information becomes available.

    The trip coordinator is Jim King.

    Site Descriptions





    Books and Papers

    Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782

    La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site, USA, Degradation 1933-2016

    San Cristobal: Voices and Visions of the Galisteo Basin

    Hiking La Cieneguilla

    La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site (Blog + YouTube slide show)

    La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs (Blog + slide shows)

    Petroglyphs at La Cieneguilla  (YouTube slide show with music)

    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Test
    • 10
    This is not a real event. It is just a test for some members who have been having registration problems.
    • 25 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 26 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Gold Butte, NV Field Trip
    • 0
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    This will be a two full days (Wednesday and Thursday) in Gold Butte National Monument.  Sites to visit will include Kohta Circus, Sheep Panel, Falling Man, Raven Rock, Mud Wash panel,  Kirk's Grotto, Babe's Bluff and Little Finland. High Clearance is required, 4 WD not necessary unless it rains.   As for distances, Kohta Circus is the longest, it's about 2/1/2 - 3 hours in and out.  Probably 2 miles each way but it's an easy walk, pretty flat on sand.  The others are either no hike or moderate hike.  There is some rock climbing at Falling Man. 

    Deb and John Mitchell - Leader



    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Shamans Gallery AZ Field Trip
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    We’ll drive to Tuckup trailhead on the 17th and car camp. On the 18th we’ll hike to Shamans and back. The hike is strenuous; a little over 8 miles round trip with significant elevation gain on the return hike. It’ll be limited to only those physically able to do this hike and it’s contingent on good weather.

    Leader Kim Riding 



    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Bears Ears, Utah
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Collins Canyon and Rincon 04/22/2020

    High clearance vehicles are required for the 6.5 mile drive to the trailhead so we may want to carpool.

    The hike is over moderate to strenuous terrain and may cover 5-8 miles round trip depending on spring water levels in the Grand Gulch. We will visit a cowboy camp, pictograph panels and the 100 hand panel.

    Processional Panel 04/23/2020

    High clearance or 4WD vehicles are required for the 14.4 drive to the trailhead. We will view the pictograph panel requiring a 2.8 mile roundtrip hike.

    If the group agrees we could also visit Monarch cave on our return trip. 1 mile round trip.

    Day use permits are required for Cedar Mesa and are available at the trailhead. Dogs are not permitted in the Grand Gulch.

    This will be a difficult hiking trip.

    Leader Bob Huestis



    • 26 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 27 May 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Emery County, Uath
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Emery County on May 26 & 27.

    The first day we will travel to  Quitchupah Creek, Muddy Creek, 
    Molen Seep, the Barrier Canyon art by Rochester, and possibly 
    Rochester for those who haven't seen it.

    On the second day, we will visit Ascending Sheep, the road 
    side stop where the huge snake is, and Short Canyon.
    on to come.

    Leaders:  Margo Mahoney and Connie Bridge



    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Myton, Uath
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Myton area, Nine Mile Canyon.

    More information to come.

    Leaders:  Darlene Koerner and Keith Fessenden



    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Nine Mile Canyon field trip
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Nine Mile Canyon Field trip minimal walking

    The trip will mostly be from car on paved roads with minimal walking.  I will bring a spotting scope, so we can try to see some of the further away panels without having to traipse up and down through rock fields to see them.  The objective is to try to make this trip accessible.  We will focus on a number of the sites listed in Jerry & Donna Spangler’s book “Horned Snakes and Axle Grease”, but we will also be visiting sites that are not listed in there and we’ll be on the look out for sites we weren’t aware of. 

    Leaders:  Geoff Hardies



    • 17 Jul 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinwoody, WY Field Trip
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Information to follow soon!

    Robert Van Orden - Leader



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