The Holy Ghost – Horseshoe Canyon

The Holy Ghost - Horseshoe Canyon
This large pictograph Located in Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park was made by Western Archaic Indians and dates back somewhere between 1,000-6,000 B.C. To visit this place, I left early in the morning before sunrise and hiked 750 feet down into Horseshoe Canyon with nobody else for miles around. Up on top rim of the canyon I set up camp the night before and listened to the coyotes howl. The next day I was expecting to see other people but there was nobody. These images on rock speak volumes about the past without words but the interpretation is left to the viewer. This panel is referred to as the Great Gallery or the Holy Ghost; with no arms or legs perhaps these entities represent spirits?


  1. Wayne says:

    That is totally awesome. Went to England last year and seen Stone Henge. I wonder if people in the far far past were that different?

  2. Duane says:

    Ancient people probably had arms, just like us. I seen some pictures.

  3. Carlos / Buenos Aire says:

    NASA at APOD said that the figures are 7000 years old !!!! Beautifull.

  4. Ernie Doonie says:

    Very interesting in that the larger figure appears to be wearing helmet, goggles and has some instrumentation down the front of his chest. Space suit?

    I'm sure the UFOers have jumped on this!

  5. Marcella Kramer says:

    Is it possible that the "helmet" could be a crown and the "instrumentation" could be a kingly robe? Maybe the artist was so moved by the vastness of the heavens that he painted a picture of his Creator by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.

  6. I'm seeing the "crowned" figure as an owl.

  7. Trina Walker says:

    The first thing came to mind when I saw the largest figure was a TARDIS.

  8. Rick P says:

    This is awesome! And I agree with Trina Walker, who said the central figure reminded her of a Tardis. There are any number of explanations for these figures, and all of the commenters have valid points of view. BTW, Ernie, I take it you have never seen a UFO…? Too bad. You might be a little less inclined to sarcasm.

  9. Julie says:

    Am I the only one that sees that middle piece as a stone with a sword in it?

  10. Dinehdog says:

    Is it possible you all are looking at these with European eyes and are not seeing them at all?

  11. maybe it is mescallito? like allies from the books of carlos castenada?

  12. Dr. Izabel Ganz says:

    It is a very important document, confirming either the existence of other worldly giant entities that have been visiting this planet. Also the Atlanteans were very tall in comparison to our current dimensions.
    There are several very tall ( 10 feet even) skeletons discovered recently on several continents.

  13. Beautiful, i actually delight…

  14. I really enjoy…

  15. nice click

  16. Was there today. Very moving and the canyon itself is just marvelous. I was the only person there all last night and most of today. Nice pic btw

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