Summary: Reached via an off-track route across a field from Kolob Terrace Road, the Cave Valley Pictographs have over 20 motifs in white, yellow, red and black pigment.

The Cave Valley Pictographs in the Kolob Terrace is one of the few accessible American Indian rock art sites in Zion National Park, left by the nomadic Southern Paiute who camped seasonally in the area. (They came after the Ancestral Puebloan people, who lived here until about 1300 AD).

There are a number of pictographs in the Birthing Cave, and beyond this the Altar Cave has a shelf in the middle of the cave covered in animal bones.

There are a number of interesting pictographs in the Birthing Cave, with the most obvious one being a set of seven white figures in white.

The largest figure is an anthropomorph, which is surrounded by smaller figures with the same design – and two even smaller seated human figures.

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Another panel has multiple figures, which includes more anthropomorphs, and what look like sheep.

There are a few more picrographs scattered around the cave; some are very hard to make out without image processing.

Getting to the Cave Valley Pictographs

There is no formal trail to the site, which is at the base of a large outcrop. From the Lamb’s Knoll parking lot along Kolob Terrace Road, cross the road and head through the field toward the prominent rock outcrop. Look for a cave with an iron well pipe sticking out of the ground, and hike around to the left (north) of the cave to a green gate. Ascend along the base of the cliffs until reach another green gate, which marks the entrance to the Cave Valley Pictographs cave.

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