Cedar Mesa and the Kane Gulch Ranger Station

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Cedar Mesa and the Kane Gulch Ranger Station Mexican Hat Reviews

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Cedar Mesa and the Prehistoric Indians Aug 16, 2017
The Kane Gulch Ranger Station is located along Utah Highway 261 a short distance south of the intersection with U.S. Highway 95, They can provide information about accessible ruins in the area along with both Petroglyphs (pecked into the rock) and pictographs (drawn on the rock) which can be found all through Cedar Mesa. Note that some of these sites are not open to the public. Most of the rock art is from the "basketmaker" period which lasted from about 1000 BC until around 750 AD. The rock art depicts broad shouldered men and women in ceremonial headdresses and clothing, along with animals, plants, spirits, and other forces and items relating to their lives. The basketmakers hunted with a device called an "atlatl" which helped add velocity and power to a thrown spear. Around 500 AD, they invented the bow and arrow for hunting and for defense. The basketmakers lived in pit houses which had floors that were below ground level. The end of this timeframe is when the occupants began to change from a nomadic lifestyle that was highly dependent on hunting and gathering for food to a more settled agricultural lifestyle, and the rise of the Anasazi who lived in multi-room, and sometimes multi-story pueblo housing. When I visited, the ranger station was closed but I wanted to let you know it is there.
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