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.
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 – www.HikeHalfDome.com