Dean M. Chriss
Lizard Petroglyph, Northern Utah

Lizard Petroglyph, Northern Utah

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The petroglyph shown in this photograph is large at about 6 feet (1.8 m) long. It was probably made during the Fremont period between 600 and 1000 AD.

The ancient ruins and rock art present here and in other areas is irreplaceable, priceless, and fragile. The act of entering a ruin can deteriorate it more than would a hundred of years of sitting undisturbed. Touching rock art, even lightly and only once, causes eventual staining from oils that are present in human skin. Small things have huge impacts over time that spans thousands of years. If you are fortunate enough to visit one of these places, please be extremely careful to leave it exactly as you found it.