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Friday, April 25, 2014

Valles Canyon

The road into Valles Canyon
Jimmy, Becca and I hiked into Valles Canyon this morning, and we spent much of the day trekking through a rugged dry creek bed searching for petroglyphs--Native American rock art.  Turns out it was fairly easy to find, and it was remarkable.  A few symbols were easy to identify, like those for rattlesnakes, but others were quite baffling.  Some were ancient, and others more recent.  I read yesterday that much of the rock art dates back to the year 0; more vivid examples are 150 to 200 years old.  We had a wonderful long day exploring a fascinating place in southern New Mexico.
Rock ruins

Jimmy on the rocky path into the canyon

Rugged hiking in a dry stream bed

Our first sighting of magnificent rock art

Jimmy suggested this might be a Pronghorn Antelope and its prints (right)

Bighorn Sheep?

Portrait of a Collared Lizard?

Jimmy photographing petroglyphs
Rattlesnake symbols and a human form

You be the judge

Frontal view of a Bighorn Sheep?

This almost looks like a Gila Monster that ate a duck

Bird with a big eye?

Rugged canyon walls

Rocky going

A much-needed break in the shade

The figure at right looks like an Apache Crown dancer symbol

Canyon greenery

Becca keeping a watchful eye on her buddy, Jimmy

Shade break
Where the water has flowed for centuries

Prickly Pear Cactus sporting new pads

A perspective on how large these boulders are

A hueco (Indian well) where Native Americans ground mesquite beans

Man catching a snake?

Apache Plume

The way out

Out of the canyon

Bovine curiosity

Tiny bee enjoying the nectar

The true meaning of "peak"




packrat said...

Thanks, Jacqui. Much appreciated.


Liz Tipping said...

Wow! This really is awesome. I've never really seen anything like this before!

packrat said...

Thanks, Liz. It was pretty amazing--really worth the effort to see the petroglyphs.

Dr. K said...

Those petroglyphs are so intriguing.

Scott said...

Thanks for sharing you visit to a "new" (for us readers) and beautiful area. Generally, where is Valles Canyon (e.g., mountain range)?

packrat said...

Valles Canyon is northwest of Las Cruces, Scott, about 12 miles from the airport, in the Sierra de las Uvas Mountains. It's included in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument which is under consideration by President Obama right now.

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