Monthly Archives: May 2013

Petroglyph Park – St. George, Utah

Petroglyph Park 2Summary:  A park short on “park” but two rocks are present with petroglyphs.  City of St. George information.

Directions:  Located in the Bloomington residential area of St. George.  Map link available at City of St. George information link.

There are basically two rocks at this site fenced off with natural foliage on a corner in the middle of a residential area.  You can throw one of your kids from the fence to the rocks on which the petroglyphs can be found (I don’t recommend kid throwing, by the way).  Don’t expect any amenities at this “park”.   I did find some of the petroglyphs interesting, however, so I thought this site was worth at least a short mention.  Namely, the second picture in the gallery (also the one at the beginning of this post).  There is a triangle with circles at each corner.  That is one I do not believe I have seen at another location yet.  

Fort Pearce Historic Site

dsc_0195-nef_Summary:  Not many Petroglyphs but includes a partially reconstructed Fort Pearce guard post.  Bureau of Land Management Description.

Directions:  12 miles from St. George, Utah off of Warner Valley Road (BLM Map).

The petroglyphs are few at this site but that didn’t stop us from checking them out.  The partially reconstructed Fort Pearce guard post was build during the Black Hawk War.  I will classify it as a War considering the Utes and Navajos were intent on driving the Mormons out and carried out raids between 1865-1870 and Mormons retaliated, sometimes killing the innocent.  Lives were lost on both sides of the conflict.

The petroglyphs are a short walk from the parking area.  You will first come upon one rock with some petroglyphs but if you continue further along somewhat of a trail you will find more on a rock overhang that has also been marked up by Mormons in the area in the late 1800s but after the Black Hawk War.  It was hard to see some of petroglyphs due to some insect activity and mud.  It also appears there may have been some past attempts to imitate some of the petroglyphs.

There is a spring in the area and when we were there a family was swimming in the water that was in the Fort Pearce Wash.  A portion of the dirt road to the site was covered in sand and may be an issue with some cars.  We have a 4-wheel drive so it was not an issue for us and we noticed a Honda Accord had driven to the site while we were there.