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

    • 10 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 11 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Emery County Utah
    • 0
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    When: Friday and Saturday, May 10 & 11

    The plans are to visit various rock art sites in the general vicinity of Quitchupah Creek, Muddy Creek, and the Molen Reef. We will see a variety of styles including Ute, Fremont, and Barrier Canyon. Some sites require 1-2 mile hikes that can be steep and rocky. One site requires crossing the Muddy River (fairly easy) so bring your wading sandals. High clearance vehicles are recommended but we can carpool if necessary.

    Leader: Dennis DeVore

    • 15 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 16 May 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Vernal, Utah
    • 0
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    The Canyon Pintado will be generally the site locations on the public map but with an additional number of sites in East Douglas Creek and on the loop back into Rangeley.  Mainly very short walks from the vehicle but two of about ½ mile.  

    There is a $10 charge for the private property (Rocky Ridge) in Manila.  This is one of three sites we will be going to there and the other two are forest land so free but need a pass because on national recreation area (Flaming Gorge)

    Manila are short walks  and moderate terrain.  On site at Minnie’s gap is a longer hike if we make it there.

    Meeting place for each trip will be in Vernal.

    More information to come.


    Leader: Keith Fessenden & Darlene Koerner



    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Green River Utah Area
    • 11
    Registration is closed

    Green River River Road trip, Tusher and Coal canyons, Stub, Floy, Cresent, Sego, and Valley City. Butterfly Bend, horse bench reservoir. High Clearance vehicles drive canyon drainages.  Walk over to panels. Will travel to sites over the three days.

    Leader: Steve Acerson

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 15 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Delta Field Trip
    • 11
    Registration is closed

    Delta Field Trip

    July 13 - 15

    Saturday, Sunday and bonus day Monday

    Day 1. We will visit 5 sites: Great Stone Faces, Devils Kitchen, Hole in Rock (wall), Paxton Costal and Water Tank Site.

    Day 2. Visits will be Judd Creek sites, Fool Creek and Oak City site.

    Day 3 This is the "Bonus trip". We will visit Miller Canyon, for those who want to stay over or for who want a short trip.  This will be a newcomers trips.

    Hiking Difficulty. Most sites are drive up and short walks.  Be prepared for hot days!

    Leader: Oscar Olson

    • 26 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Western Colorado High Altitude
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Colorado High Altitude Trip
    July 26- 27 Friday - Saturday

    The goal for this two-day trip is to stay cool, stay in the high country, visit rock art sites, and take in the alpine wildflowers at their summer peak.

    Day 1. We drive to our first destination east of Glenwood Springs for a short hike. The site features a mountain cave at 8,000 feet with hundreds of rock art images, both charcoal and painted. In late afternoon, we will hike to another site with a nice pictograph.
    That evening we drive to the Camp Hale Memorial Campground at an elevation of 9,200 feet. Our reserved camp is on the grounds of the re-purposed training camp of the 10th Mountain Division -- the famed skiing troops of World War II. We will be located just north of the Town of Leadville.

    Day 2. We break camp and drive most of the morning on a backroad over a mountain pass and through superb wildflower country, arriving at our rock art destination in early afternoon. We will be situated south of Crested Butte at an altitude of 8,200 feet. Short hikes will be required at two separate sites.

    Late that afternoon, the trip officially ends. Lodging and camping on your own. However, consider staying the night -- the weather in the Gunnison Valley in late July is delightful. Gunnison is a resort, fishing, college town with numerous dining and lodging options.

    Day 3 Optional add-on day. Depending on the interest level, we can head north to Crested Butte and take in the
    wildflower capital of Colorado. This is an alternate route back to Grand Junction and I-70, no backtracking. One option is to visit the revived ghost town of Gothic, site of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory where they study climate change. The real reason, of course, is to view the wildflowers -- virtually everywhere.

    Camping Fees. The USFS fee at Camp Hale is $29 per night per space, payable to the trip leader. There is no group space available, but we have reserved adjoining spaces and hopefully can grab some group campfire time. Depending on numbers, we may have to share campsites to accommodate all. Camp trailers and RVs ok.

    Non-Camping Accommodations. This is primarily a camping trip, but it would be possible to arrange your lodging in Leadville the night of Day 1 and meet the group the next morning. If so, contact the trip leader for more information.

    Roads & Driving Times. Much of our driving is on paved state highways. In some places we will be on gravel county roads, so high clearance is recommended. There are no situations that require four wheel drive.

    Hiking Difficulty. Day 1, the rock art cave is about 1 mile roundtrip, at altitude, but easy otherwise (midday heat is a concern). The Day 1 second hike, if we attempt, is about 3 miles roundtrip; a fairly easy 300 vertical foot descent to a rock shelter (the climb out is in the open; late afternoon heat is a concern). Day 2 has short half-mile hikes, again at elevation, but not difficult.

    Leader: Dennis DeVore

    • 16 Aug 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 18 Aug 2019
    • Boulder, Utah area
    • 30
    Registration is closed

    A Group Site , Single Tree Campground (site B) has been selected for the annual summer picnic.  Dates will be Friday, August 16 departing Monday, August 19 for 3 nights.  The Singletree Campground is located at about 8200 feet elevation, and is about 20 miles from Capitol Reef National Park.  The campground has flush toilets, and even wifi for a fee!  The site holds a max of 50 people.  If you'd like your own space, you can reserve a private site.  More details to come on the sites we will visit, but plan on potluck dinners and lots of visiting! 

    On Friday evening, we begin the discussion about where to go on Saturday and Sunday. We generally choose trips after we know who is there, what they want to see, who knows how to get there, and what the weather and road conditions are. 

    On each daily field trip, please bring:

    • plenty of water, lunches, snacks, electrolytes binoculars, cameras and long/short lenses + batteries for your cameras
    • two-way radios so we can discuss the landscape as we travel
    • small backpack for water, food and gear (useful for carpooling)
    • hats and sunscreen
    The Saturday night potluck picnic occurs at the Singleton Campground at about 6 PM. Please bring a dish to share, as well as your plates, cups, utensils, and beverages. Chili is always welcome!

    • 17 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lake and West Mountains, by UTAH LAKE
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Visit Lake Mountain by Saratoga Springs, then go to West Mountain by Payson.

    More info to follow.

    Leader: Lynn Benson

P.O. Box 511324, Salt Lake City, Utah 84151-1324 

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