Coyote Gulch / Murphy’s Well Petroglyphs

The Coyote Gulch / Murphy’s Well site is located a short distance from the popular Inscription Canyon and Black Canyon petroglyph sites. Native people lived in this region because the now dry lakes once provided life-sustaining food and water. The large number of petroglyphs that line both Inscription & Black Canyons were likely placed there because the canyons were part of a route that connected Harper Lake with the Superior Lakes in the north.

There are a number of smaller sites located in the vicinity of Opal Mountain, Coyote Gulch being one of the them. This site has roughly 30 petroglyphs scattered over a short distance.  Some vandalism has taken place here, but far less than the more high-profile sites in Black and Inscription Canyon.

 

Coyote Gulch / Murphy's Well Petroglyphs

Coyote Gulch / Murphy’s Well Petroglyphs

 

Coyote Gulch / Murphy's Well Petroglyphs

Coyote Gulch / Murphy’s Well Petroglyphs

 

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Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.