Wolfman Panel | Cedar Mesa

Hiking Wolfman Panel - Cedar Mesa Hiking Wolfman Panel

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Overview

RATING: Easy Hiking
MAPS: BLUFF SW, UT

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 85. South southwest wind 5 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

85 | 54

Tue

A slight chance of rain showers between noon and 3pm. Sunny, with a high near 74. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

74 | 50

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 80.

80 | 42

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 83.

83 | 49

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

80 | 51

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SEASON: Any
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 85. South southwest wind 5 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

85 | 54

Tue

A slight chance of rain showers between noon and 3pm. Sunny, with a high near 74. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

74 | 50

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 80.

80 | 42

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 83.

83 | 49

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

80 | 51

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Part of the upstream ruin

Part of the upstream ruin

Wolfman Panel is a unique petroglyph panel in Butler Wash, about a mile from the highway. The panel is unique and well-defined in the dark sandstone patina, with several other figures near the main panel. I would say it is one of the iconic and more often visited sites in the area.

If you can overlook the bullet holes, the panel is well worth visiting if you are in the area. There are some ruins just upstream and downstream from the panel in Butler Wash as well and are fairly easy to visit at the same time. All-in-all, this is an outing with easy access and a lot of bang for your time!

Upstream ruin from the overlook

Upstream ruin from the overlook

Getting There

Leave Bluff heading west toward Mexican Hat on US191, which becomes US163 shortly.

  • About 5 miles west of Bluff, at milepost 40.5, turn right (north) onto county road 262, which is the Butler Wash road that continues north to highway 95. ( 12S 620428mE 4125047mN / N37° 15' 51" W109° 38' 31" )
  • Just shy of a mile from the highway, right before a fence and cattle guard, take the left (west) road. ( 12S 620443mE 4126385mN / N37° 16' 35" W109° 38' 29" )
  • Follow it about a 1/4 of a mile, or as far as comfortable and park. ( 12S 620204mE 4126392mN / N37° 16' 35" W109° 38' 39" )
The downstream ruin

The downstream ruin

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.

Follow the old road and occasional cairns across the slickrock, heading west, slightly southwest. As you near the rim, it is worth taking a minute to walk north to the edge and look down. From here, you can see one of the ruins from above.

The cairns lead to a slick rock ramp that has been improved and angles down into Butler Wash. The ramp has one boulder to climb over, but is not particularly difficult. At the bottom of the ramp, a panel is on the left. Continue on the social trail another 2 minutes down canyon to the main Wolfman Panel, also on the left (east) side of Butler Wash.

Upstream Ruin
From where the trail reaches the first panel, follow the well-worn social trail north as it goes up Butler Wash on the sandy bench above the bottom of the wash proper. The trail descends steeply to Butler Wash, crosses it, then climbs steeply to the ruin. The ruin on the right, in particular, is really neat to see. Return back the same way.

Downstream Ruin
At the first panel, a deep gully goes down to Butler Wash. You will want to follow the gully down, cross Butler Wash, and climb a steep dirt cow/human trail on the other side. The climb out is almost directly opposite from where you drop in. Before going down the gully, it is worth taking a minute to walk west on the bank to see where the trail climbs back out of Butler Wash. A word of warning, there is a little bush waking in the bottom as you cross Butler Wash, but only a minute or two.

Once up on the west side of Butler Wash, continue west up on the slickrock just high enough to traverse south and avoid the deep gully. The ruin is just around the next corner. The views of the ruin are good from the high bank you are on. To actually visit the ruin will require steep dirt and is not recommended.


Maps

Panel / 0.59 miles / Elevation Range 4,331 - 4,462 ft.
Visiting All Sites / 1.36 miles / Elevation Range 4,288 - 4,462 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 620304mE 4126425mN

N37° 16' 36" W109° 38' 35"

Junction

12S 620448mE 4126387mN

N37° 16' 35" W109° 38' 29"

Ruin Overlook

12S 620018mE 4126376mN

N37° 16' 34" W109° 38' 46"

Panel

12S 620025mE 4126198mN

N37° 16' 29" W109° 38' 46"

Ruin

12S 619994mE 4126496mN

N37° 16' 38" W109° 38' 47"

Crossing

12S 619970mE 4126202mN

N37° 16' 29" W109° 38' 49"

Ruin 2

12S 619880mE 4126161mN

N37° 16' 28" W109° 38' 52"

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