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The Great Gallery 11/08/13

The Holy Ghost Panel, Canyonlands National Park

The Holy Ghost Panel, Canyonlands National Park


Considered one of the first depictions of perspective drawing, the Holy Ghost panel has been dated to between 400 A.D and 1100 A.D. It’s part of the Great Gallery, an incredible example of Barrier Canyon style rock art located in the Horseshoe Canyon Unit of Canyonlands National Park. It’s featured in the opening sequence of my favorite film, Koyaanisqatsi, which is where I first saw it.

I’m not much of a writer, so I’ll let the photos below do the talking. Except to say that this place is worth the effort. Go if you can.


Some info: Horseshoe Canyon is a bit remote, and separate from the park. A good place to set out from is Green River, Utah. A two hour drive from there gets you to the trailhead, which is perched on the canyon rim and accessible via decent dirt roads. The Great Gallery is an easy 3.5-mile hike from the trailhead, past lots of other great rock art. You can camp at the trailhead, but it’s primitive so bring everything you need - especially plenty of water. There are tons of resources on the interwebs, just start with the NPS site and go from there.

All photos © Christina Speed 2016