Trail Condition: Class 2 (Trail may have tree roots or rocks jutting out. Navigation skills may consist of following rock cairns and choosing turns at junctions. Elevation gains may be more substantial.)
Time: 45 minutes
Length: 1.1 miles round trip
Recommended Months to Visit:
Features: Not Technical, Petroglyphs, Appropriate for Scouts,
Hype:The Rochester Panel is a beautiful petroglyph panel located near Emery, UT. Much of the rock art was created by Fremont Indians. The Rochester Panel is easily accessible via a 0.5-mile hiking trail.
From Emery drive north on Hwy 10 for about 3.5 miles, to the signed, paved road that heads east to Moore. The turnoff is located between mile markers 16 and 17 on highway 10 between the towns of Emery and Ferron. Take the paved road heading east to Moore for about half a mile to a gravel road that leads to the trailhead. There is a sign at the turnoff.
Turn south onto the well-graded road and drive for about 3.6 miles, passing a radio tower on the way.
From the parking lot, an obvious hiking trail of about a half mile leads along the side of a small canyon to the panel. The trailhead is located at 38°54'24.29"N, 111°11'42.53"W.
After about 10 minutes, you'll be able to see the Rochester Panel in the distance.
The first "petroglyphs" are located at 38°54'14.9"N, 111°11'49.4"W. I suspect that these are modern.
At 38°54'13.4"N, 111°11'51.2"W are some initials. EA and RA
From the top of the ridge, Muddy Creek becomes visible to the west.
In addition to the main Rochester Panel, there are also several other smaller panels. This panel is on the same boulder as the Rochester Panel but on the north face of the rock. The same EA and RA intials appear here too.
The Rochester Panel is located on the east face of a large boulder.
The petroglyphs include strange figures: humanoids, monsters, gods, animals - who knows what the artists intended for the figures to represent.
Virtually every inch of one huge rock face is covered with figures. An arch or rainbow decorates the main panel. Or is it there to shelter and protect the humanoids, which are surrounded by dragons and wolves and snakes?
Immediately to the left of the Rochester Panel on the lighter rock are some impressive petroglyphs.
Around the corner is a very large panel with lots of humanoids, animals, and geometric patterns. BJ and LB added their initials in 1943, and MJ added his/hers in 1941. LJ is also there as well as an incomplete animal added in 1932. The bears, deer, and bighorn sheep appear authentic although they're probably of varying ages.
A picture showing the two main panels (Rochester Panel is on the right and slightly hidden).
These scratchings are located on the western side of the "peninsula".
Closest City or Region: Emery, Utah
Coordinates: 38.906746, -111.195145
By Jeremy Dye
I visited the Rochested Panel when I was driving through town for work, and I'm glad I did. This is one of the most impressive rock art panels in Utah!