Walnut Knob is an obvious geologic feature located in Comb
Wash, north of UT 95, very close to the mouth of Arch Canyon
Knob is very prominent, sticking up from the rock slope it sits on. As
such an obvious feature, it is not surprising that there are
petroglyphs on Walnut Knob.
is accessed by driving north on the Upper Comb Wash road which
intersects with UT Highway 95 at about mile 107.5. The Comb Wash Road,
county road #205, is very easy to find, as it intersects the highway at
the bottom of the descent down the steep side of Comb Ridge. South of
highway 95 the Comb Wash Road is county road # 235 and it parallels
until it intersects with US 163 near Bluff, Utah. However, Walnut Knob
is located north of the highway.
Walnut Knob is a very obvious feature
on the rock slopes leading up to the west from Comb Wash
The Comb Wash road
north of the highway is a good quality gravel road that is suitable for
any vehicle. About 2 miles from highway 95 the road begins to fork. The
first fork you reach runs to the left (southwest) away from the main
road. This junction is a great place to park for Walnut Knob but you
also have lots of other choices. The approach to Walnut Knob is
whatever route you choose. It is an obvious destination and you can
park in a lot of different places to make the climb. If you continue
past this intersection on the main road in about a quarter mile you
will find the turnoff to the left (west) that accesses Arch Canyon,
while the county road continues. It is possible access Walnut Knob from
the Arch Canyon trailhead area. However, the hike is easier and shorter
you park at the first intersection.
you drive the Comb Wash Road toward the parking area you will notice
many No Trespassing signs posted by the Ute Indians. It is a very
import to respect the property rights of the Tribe so
Walnut Knob petroglyphs - Click to enlarge
make sure you do not trespass. Unfortunately, it can be confusing to
know when you are on public or private land because in some places, you
will find BLM and No Trespassing signs in very close proximity.
The intersection where I suggest you park for Walnut Knob
is one of these areas. It is just past an old corral area, which is not
on public property. However, if you park at the road intersection and
walk the left-hand fork for just a few yards. You will pass a BLM sign
indicating that you are now on public land. From here is a matter of
picking your route up the rock slope leading to Walnut Knob. Most of
the hike is on the wavy, undulating rock slope that leads steadily
upward and it is quite easy to pick a path. Although it’s not a long
distance to the knob, it is somewhat of a climb. There is no shade
along this hike, so be prepared and take some water with you.
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When you reach the knob, you will find the knob and
several very large boulders that have broken off of it. The east face
of the main boulder has a number of interesting pictographs. Two faces
of the Knob feature excellent pictographs of all sorts of designs,
including men on horse back. These pictographs indicate that the art is
of more recent times as the Anasazi did not have horses.
Unfortunately, people today cannot resist adding their own
graffiti. One section of a boulder face is covered with peoples names,
modern dates and other things. It is too that people can't just respect
what others have , and it is because of people like this that I
hesitate to provide precise directions or finding many archaeological
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Before you descend from Walnut Knob, be sure to enjoy the
great view of Comb Ridge which stretches from north to south and
dominates the eastern horizon. Looking across Comb Wash toward the
ridge provide a Vista beyond belief. After you have fully explored the
knob and enjoyed the pictograph return the way you came up. Again, the
route should be obvious.
In summary, Walnut
Knob is a nice short hike with easy access and interesting rock art.
While not as dramatic as some rock art features, Walnut Knob is a great
place to see and visit.