Reservoir Site

Rating: 
Round Trip Distance: 0.25 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 5322 - 5371 feet
Cellphone: 0-2 bars
Usage: Hiking - Dogs
Time: 30 mins.
Facilities: none
Trailhead: Milepost 26.9 Highway 64
Fee: none
Attractions: Petroglyphs
 


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The Reservoir Site is the #2 stop on the Rangely Rock Art Tour near Rangely, Colorado. The site contains petroglyphs of spirals, anthropomorphic figures and a few items that are harder to distinguish. The site gets is name from its location near the east end of Kenney Reservoir along the White River.


The turnoff to the site is at about milepost 26.9 on Highway 64. Turn north off of the highway onto a dirt road and bear to the left heading back toward the reservoir. The dirt road splits and forms a loop. The brochures distance of 0.4 miles appears to have been measured along the left side of the loop.


The dirt road travels less than a half mile to where it passes near a ridge that is above a shallow wash between Highway 64 and the dirt road. At this point the petroglyph site is below the road on the south facing cliffs in the wash. There isn't much of a trail but in the wash you will find one of the 'Who Passed This Way?' signs.


There are several panels of petroglyphs along the wash. Some of the figures appear to predate others by a considerable period of time.


Our outlines of some of the figures were done on the computer and are intended to only show in a general manner a few of the images. We didn't spend a great deal of time on accuracy because the intent isn't to provide anything that is useful for research.


This picture was taken looking back toward the head of the wash to the east with Highway 64 on the right side of the photo and the cliff below the dirt road on the left.


We actually parked at the head of the loop and circled around to the petroglyph site. We were looking to see if there might be anything else of interest in the area. The Reservoir Site is close enough to the highway and has enough petroglyphs to make it worth the little amount of time it takes to visit it. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.