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Temple Mountain Pictograph Protection

The Temple Mountain Pictograph Panel is a large Archaic- (Barrier Canyon Style) and later Fremont-era rock imagery site conspicuously placed on a canyon wall. The site is well known, and the area is a very popular destination for camping and ATV enthusiasts. As a result, the panel has suffered tremendously over the years. Hundreds of historic and modern signatures and images can be found on the cliff face directly to the right of the panel while numerous other signatures, images, bullet holes, and charcoal designs have been added to the panel itself. To further complicate the issue, undisciplined camping at the panel has resulted in dozens of abandoned fire hearths and a variety of scattered trash. To combat the ongoing abuse, Trust Lands implemented a plan that allowed for continued access while educating visitors about the importance of protecting this site. This was a multi-step process that included closing the site area to camping and cleaning up the fire hearths and associated trash. Redundant access roads were closed and reclaimed to create a smoother traffic flow. A buck and rail fence was constructed to designate parking and to discourage visitors from making the dangerous climb up to the panel. Finally, signs were placed on the main road to draw attention to the site and an informational/interpretive kiosk was installed to help educate visitors when they arrived.

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