21 Goats Petroglyphs

Alysia and I had some time to get out, so we went in search of this very interesting panel of petroglyphs. The weather wasn’t cooperating with us on this day in 2011, and we had to wait for a small but very windy snowstorm to pass. We even heard some thunder. The petroglyphs were well worth the wait.

Bighorn sheep

The "goats" are in a line high up on a sandstone wall. It is thought that they show a migration, but your guess is as good as mine.

I'm not sure why they are called goats and not sheep. They are clearly bighorn sheep with curved horns. Perhaps whoever discovered them thought they looked like goats.

The site is fairly well known and is inside of Gold Butte National Monument. You'll need high clearance and 4WD to reach the trailhead. It is a short walk to the panel, but you will want to do it on a cool day.

Some of these photos are from 2011, and others are from a return trip in 2019.