4 Kings

Round Trip Distance: 500 ft.
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 6028 - 6034 feet
Cellphone: 0 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: Coyote Places the Stars
Fee: none
Attractions: pictographs, petroglyphs

Four Kings is the name, for lack of a better, that we are using to refer to a few panels of pictographs and petroglyphs that are located in the same area in Nine Mile Canyon, north of Wellington, Utah, as the Coyote Places the Stars site. What we are referring to as kings by using this name could just as well be shaman, leaders, gods or something else.

The directions are the same as those for getting to Coyote Places the Stars. If you are coming from Wellington the First Site is at mile marker 26.2 of the Nine Mile Canyon Road. The Coyote Placing the Stars viewing area is 7.1 miles past that or near what would be mile marker 33.3. The parking area is on the right immediately after the intersection with the Harmon Canyon Road.

The rock art is across the road from the Coyote Places the Stars pullout and about 100 feet or so to the right. The pictographs can be seen from the road so if nothing else walk along the shoulder of the road until you can see them and then find a path through the greasewood to get up next to the cliff.

These petroglyphs that show a hunter with a bow and arrow are just to the left of the pictographs.

The images with their traditional Fremont style are faded but there are still some interesting details remaining.

Facial features, especially eyes, are still visible.

A solid red figure below the other four has a shadow of another image to its right.

This panel with a solid horizontal bar has six circles above it with the two in the middle having a pair of concentric circles. There are other fine details below each circle that are mostly faded away.

Other petroglyphs close by are also worth noticing.

There are several of these rectangular geometric images. All but this one are mostly faded.

It's not exactly an omega (Ω) but the 'O' was suggestive when combined with the other symbol and once the thought came to mind the idea of Omega Man got stuck there.

The 4 Kings is pretty much just an addendum to Coyote Places the Stars. Together it was too much to put into a single post and too interesting to leave off all together. The Nine Mile Canyon brochure mentions that 63 sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. We don't know whether this is one of them or not. These go unnoticed by most visitors even though they are right next to the road. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.