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Hog Spring

Hog Springs Utah Scenic Byway Highway 95

Hog spring is much more than a nice picnic area next to the highway. There are two hidden gems here that few know about. One is a hike to a spring-fed pool and the other is a very nice specimen of Barrier-style pictographs, known as the Cleopatra panel just south of the Hog Spring parking area.


It is a really scenic drive through the North Wash canyon bottom along Utah’s Bicentennial Scenic Byway Highway 95 to get to Hog Spring.
According to local stories, a miner borrowed a bulldozer from the highway department and carved the first road through North Wash, connecting Hanksville to Hite. True or not the road is very scenic and worth taking.
The entrance to Hog Spring across the bridge
Getting there
  • From Hanksville drive south on UT-95 for about 33 miles, the Hog Spring picnic area is on the west or right-hand side of the road.
37.962778, -110.491389
A large paved parking lot
  • Has bathrooms
  • 30-minute hike to a spring-fed pool
  • Cleopatra rock art panel

Hike to the Hog Spring pool

2 miles round trip out and back
  • Watch out for mosquitoes and poison ivy at the pool
  • There’s one fork on the trail, it is just before you get to the pools, when you reach it stay to the right
Cross the wash on the suspended bridge, continue up the sidewalk to the marked trail sign, and follow the sandy trail west as it follows the stream up Hog Canyon. You will pass a couple of small pools before reaching Hog Spring and its largest pool at ( 37.964722, -110.507500 ). 

Start of the hike is near the picnic area

Heading up the sandy trail on the way up the canyon

Amazing twisted rock formation along the way are not to be missed

Wild flowers on the sandy trail to Hog Spring

The pool



Cleopatra rock art panel

From the parking lot of Hog Springs, you can drive or walk south about 1000 feet. There is room to pull off along the road then just look for trails leading to the cliff face and the large alcove on the right across the highway when facing south. Cross the wash to find the trails, follow them right to the artwork in the alcove. The panel is on the left end high up in the alcove at ( 37.961111, -110.488611 ).  This pictograph is sometimes referred to as the “Moki Maiden” or “Cleopatra”.

The wash almost always has water running through it that you will have to cross

Location of the rock art high up in the alcove

The Cleopatra rock art panel near Hog Spring

There is another panel almost directly across the highway at the bottom of the cliff face located at ( 37.962500, -110.488056 ).

Rock art across the highway

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