Walnut Knob Panel |

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Overview

RATING: Short Hike
MAPS: Hotel Rock, UT

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SEASON: Any
WATER: None.

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The Walnut Knob Panel is a well preserved and interesting panel above the rim of Arch Canyon, south-west of Blanding. To see the panel requires a short, moderately steep hike, but it is short enough to be well suited to families and most everyone. Be sure to admire the views of Comb Ridge from the panel.


While in the area, also be sure to visit Arch Canyon Ruin, which is 1/4 of a mile from the Walnut Knob trailhead.

Getting There

Note: Accessing the trailhead crosses Tribal Lands, posted no trespassing. The road is legal to travel, however please be respectful and do not park, camp, or hike on the tribal lands.

Begin at mile post 107 on highway 95. This is 107 miles south east of Hanksville, or about 18 miles south west of Blanding. To reach the area from Blanding, travel south out of Blanding about 3.5 miles to the junction with highway 95. Go right onto 95 about 14 miles to mile post 107.

  • Turn off highway 95 north onto San Juan County road #205. ( 12S 618724mE 4152478mN / N37° 30' 42" W109° 39' 24" )
  • 2.3 miles - Go left into Arch Canyon. Park anywhere here. There are several good campsites in the area. ( 12S 617906mE 4156079mN / N37° 32' 39" W109° 39' 55" )

Route

Rock Art and Historic Site Etiquette
Rock art and historic sites are fragile, non-renewable cultural resources that, once damaged, can never be replaced. To ensure they are protected, please:
  • Avoid Touching the Petroglyphs: Look and observe, BUT DO NOT TOUCH!
  • Stay on the Trails: Stay on the most used trails when visiting sites, and don't create new trails or trample vegetation.
  • Photography and Sketching is Allowed: Do not introduce any foreign substance to enhance the carved and pecked images for photographic or drawing purposes. Altering, defacing, or damaging the petroglyphs is against the law -- even if the damage is unintentional.
  • Pets: Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Artifacts: If you happen to come across sherds (broken pottery) or lithics (flakes of stone tools), leave them where you see them. Once they are moved or removed, a piece of the past is forever lost.

From the trailhead, spot the obvious outcropping on the slopes above. Hike up a bit north of the outcropping to avoid the private tribal lands. Once near the level of the outcropping, contour left (south) to it. The panel is on the north side.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 617791mE 4156212mN

N37° 32' 43" W109° 39' 60"

Walnut Knob

12S 617472mE 4155981mN

N37° 32' 36" W109° 40' 13"

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