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Hog Springs, in addition to being the rest area for travelers and canyoneers in North Wash, also offers a great short hike and several pictograph and petroglyph panels in the area. Most travelers stop to use the facilities and move on, but spending an hour or so hiking to the pools in Hog Springs and visiting the panels nearby is very worthwhile. The pools offer an escape from summer heat and are usually quite clear and clean.
From Hanksville, follow highway 95 south to mile post 33.2 (which is 33.2 miles south of Hanksville) The Hog Spring Rest area is on the right, and the trailhead.
Hog Springs Hike
Follow the well-traveled trail up along the stream. It passes a couple of small pools before reaching a dryfall and deep pool 30 or so minutes from the trailhead. In almost all conditions, you can keep your feet dry. The pool offers a resplendent oasis in the desert. The ambitious can hike around the dryfall on the left, and up to the bottom of the Hog Canyons above.
Pictographs and Petroglyphs
The Moki Queen, as some know her by, is a large pictograph in the alcove just south of the Hog Spring rest area. Walk the highway south 1-2 minutes until you are directly across from the obvious large alcove on the right. A social trail crosses North Wash and visits the alcove/panel.
Finally, and this one is a bit more tricky to find, there is a pictograph panel almost directly across the highway from the rest area. Cross the highway and find a large boulder leaning against a wall you can walk under. Walk under the boulder and then look up and around. There are a few petroglyphs here.
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