Upper Salt Creek

Salt Creek in Canyonlands National Park was occupied by the Ancestral Pueblo people primarily between A.D. 1075 and 1150. Today, all you have to do to find cliff dwellings and rock art along upper Salt Creek is keep your eyes open. The more you look around, the more you’ll find. Two particularly interesting sites are the All American Man pictograph and the Big Ruin cliff dwelling.


The red, white and blue All American Man.
Yeah, black-and-white film was used for
this colorful artwork. I know...I know.

The Big Ruin from a distance. The cliff dwelling originally had 24
rooms, all high on a ledge that today is inaccessible to hikers.

Zooming in on a few of the rooms in the Big Ruin.

A black-on-white potsherd below the Big Ruin.
The top edge was part of the pot's rim.

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