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Searching for Rock Art in the Southwest

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  1. fledwell

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    Our Senior Photographer, Randy Langstraat, wrote a nice piece for us back in Issue 2 of OutdoorX4 Magazine on the various types of rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs) scattered throughout the American southwest. We've republished it onto the OutdoorX4 website and it's an excellent, brief guide on areas to visit and explore in search of American Rock Art. Check it out here:

    https://outdoorx4.com/stories/back-time-in-the-american-southwest/
     
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  2. Desert Runner

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    In Southern Nevada there are places where you can find it. Some more inaccessible than others. Out near Eldorado valley, towards Searchlight, there is some. Some more out near Gold Butte, but they closed a part of the road to discourage taggers.....so now it's a walk to get there. Another is someplace in the mountains south by SW of Henderson NV and Boulder City NV. Never been there and do not have coordinates or a exact location. They made that also a wilderness area. This is east of Sloan, and thru the valley that is accessed by the gypsum haul road(north end of Jean Roach dry lake valley).

    I am sure other Southern Nevadan OB members can chime in with better information.
     
  3. Gryf

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    I believe the easiest ones to see are in the Valley of Fire State park. The park is worth visiting even if you don't care to see the petroglyphs.
     
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  5. darjo242

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    Got to see a few panels while I was out on a week long trip of wheeling and camping with a group I belong to in Phoenix. We were on the San Rafael Swell/Capitol Reef area. Also got to see one of the panels just outside of Moab when I was there as well. Thanks for sharing these articles!
     
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  6. Terex

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    Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Preserve north of Santa Fe, NM, is estimated to contain over 75,000 images, maybe the largest concentration of rock images in North America. I've visited it. It's amazing. Many more areas in northern NM, many known only to locals. I've also backpacked in Grand Gulch, UT. Amazing images there, along with many, many ruins, most accessed only by backpack expedition.
     
  7. Howitzer

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    Nine Mile Pass near Price, UT has quite a few petroglyph and a few pictographs. It's a nice ride down a fairly maintained road.
     
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  8. Edy Coyote

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    "News Paper Rock" at the entrance to Canyonlands National Park is really cool
     
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    Valley of Fire is amazing. Petroglyphs are quite limited, but the rock formations are other worldly. Z1q53zwoQ5q+qMfLGteKOg.jpg
     
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  10. AZ WANDERING BEAR

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    The entire Southwest is loaded with them.

    These are a sampling of the hundreds I hit on Cedar Mesa and along Comb Ridge in southern Utah this year.

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  11. Graeman

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    Gila Bend, Arizona has a park with a mound of Petroglyph rocks. It looks like it was a school to learn how to draw as they are on every rock, or maybe every time someone finds one it is brought to this place and stacked on top of the others.
     
  12. Terex

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    Looks like you and I took the same photos. The famous green guy is tough to photograph and I had a crappy camera at the time. It's an amazing place.
     
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