Petroglyphs should be saved for responsible hikers

Near Montrose, Colorado, lies the Dominguez-Escalente National Conservation Area.  A local newspaper called The Watch, reports that a 7-mile round-trip hike is planned in the area. One of the attractions is the viewing of petroglyphs. They plan to visit a well-known site only 3-miles from the parking area.

Petrogyphs in Arizona

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Here’s my take. American Indian petroglyphs are being destroyed annually by punks. They have even taken to using “saws-alls” to remove them for potential sale. Graffiti is creeping in with taggers leaving their marks. Responsible people do NOT publicize the location of these works of art. Leave them be. If this hike is being led by conservationists, then that’s ok. Most like-minded folks will adhere to the “keep quiet” protocol. It’s not a right for people to “invite” irresponsible vandals to them.

If they are kept pristine as they have been for hundreds of years, they will remain a treasure.

What’s your opinion?

Unrelated thought worth quoting:  “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. ” – Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior

Rick Deutsch –

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One Response to Petroglyphs should be saved for responsible hikers

  1. Maureen L says:

    Vasco Hills Regional Preserve in the East Bay has a few pictographs and petroglyphs.

    the reserve is closed to the general public; the only way you get to go is on a trip with an EB Regional Park interpretive ranger. the trip costs about $35 (maybe a bit more if you don’t live in Alameda or Contra Costa County, where we tax ourselves to support them.) it’s a hot ticket item; the preserve has vernal pools in the winter that come to life with flora and fauna that survive the pools being dry in the winter.

    the rock art on the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park is pretty near the trailhead, but high enough up on the walls to discourage casual scramblers.

    going with a guide only is my 2 cents.

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