One of my favorite stops in the San Rafael Swell is the Snake Petroglyphs, other nearby Petroglyphs, Pictographs and dinosaur tracks are only a few of the awesome things to see here.
The Indian Blanket pictograph is 16 feet wide and 4 feet high.
The legend says that many years ago a group of Paiute Indians passed through Clear Creek Canyon on the way to their winter camping area. While they were in the canyon, a recently born baby of a young woman died and was buried near here. During the winter, the mother was troubled by the thought of her baby being alone in the cold. The following spring she returned to the burial site. Nearby, she painted a blanket on a rock face so the baby could use the blanket to keep warm during cold winters at this lonely place.
The 31 handprints and other pictographs in this natural shelter show that this area was used around the same time that the large Fremont village on nearby Five Finger Ridge was occupied.
The handprints were created by applying natural pigments to the palm and fingers of the of the hanf and pressing the hand against the rock wall. Three colors were used: reddish orange, ox-blood red and mustard orange. The varying sizes of the prints suggest that many individuals made them. Fourteen are from right hands, sixteen are from left hands and one is undetermined.
The handprints and other pictographs in the cave are fragile and irreplaceable. Bars were installed to protect this one-of-a-kind resource.