History & Culture

A dark rock wall with a line of animal-like petroglyphs pecked into the dark finish. Scrubby grass grows at the foot of the cliff.

Descending Sheep Petroglyph Panel

C Sequanna/NPS Photo


Glen Canyon has been home to people for thousands of years. Archaic and prehistoric Indian cultures roamed and lived in the canyons. Later, a vast panorama of explorers, miners, ranchers, historic Indian tribes, and others left their mark here. In more recent times, a few hardy homesteaders, river runners, and uranium miners lived, worked, or played among the canyons until they were filled by the waters of Lake Powell.

Today, Glen Canyon still provides the opportunity for modern day explorers to seek their own adventures, whether it be on the water or in the backcountry. Many of the stories of Glen Canyon are the stories of people.


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So many different cultures have passed through Glen Canyon

In such a big park, there are many sites significant to the different cultures of the area

Keeping these cultural treasures is up to you and me

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