Dennis Slifer, a noted researcher and book author estimated that Utah has over 7,500 Rock Art sites, which happens to be the same number that is estimated by another renowned author when speaking of Arizona.
Much of the Rock Art is located in the Southern part of the state, but there are many valuable sites in the San Rafael Swell and also in Vernal.
Several important Rock Art sites are maintained by the government for public visitation.
Nine Mile, said to be one of the more impressive Rock Art canyons in the US, is located near Price, Utah. There has been considerable Oil and Gas drilling in the area and the equipment traffic (primarily the dust generated by the traffic) is playing havoc with the Petroglyphs. Numerous organizations, among them Utah Rock Art Research Association (URARA) and the Coalition to Preserve Rock Art (CPRA) encourage the Government (primarily the BLM) to recognize the legally granted balance they are supposed to achieve - a balance between the protection of Cultural Resources and the development of Natural Resources. As evidenced by recent events in Nine Mile Canyon and Parowan Gap, the current interest in Natural Resources dominates the Cultural Resource protection. On August 8, 2008, a group or organizations, namely SUWA (Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance), the Nine Mile Coalition, and the Wilderness Society, filed suit to stop additional drilling of 25 wells by Bill Barrett Corp.
Fremont Indian State Park is located just off of Highway 70, and is noted for the excellent Rock Art. Some of the Rock Art sites within Fremont SP are drive-by while other sites require some strenuous hiking. The park provides a very enjoyable day.
Parowan Gap, located west of Parowan, Utah, is noted by researchers as a site for solar observations. This site too is being threatened by Oil and Gas Drilling.
Visits to the St. George and Moab-Bluff-Blanding-Monticello areas provide many opportunities to review Native American Rock Art panels. Also noteworthy is the Green River area. We do provide information regarding the location of public sites, although little-known sites are very closely protected except for our well known policy of supporting research by archaeologists, authors, and photographers.