“Hidden Cave” Pictographs, Joshua Tree National Park

A few years ago, I went out in search of this well-hidden rock shelter full of pictographs. It is the most decorated cave in Joshua Tree that I have found so far. Pictographs cover the walls and ceiling of the interior cave. It was difficult to photograph them in such tight quarters. This is an amazing place!

If you find this little hidden gem, please respect it and treat it with great care. It is an irreplaceable and sacred place.

While hiking out to the cave, I spot a roadrunner. While hiking out to ...
Heading into the hidden cave. Heading into the hid...
The cave looks quite unassuming at first. It does have a couple of red pigment pictographs. The cave looks quite...
Note the smoke stained roof from fires of long ago. Note the smoke stain...
A look at one of the pictographs. A look at one of the...
White and red pictographs on the roof here. White and red pictog...
Some of the pictographs are nearly impossible to photograph due to the soot.  This enhanced color brings the red and white out. Some of the pictogra...
I use my same false color process on this pictograph mixed in with the soot. You can see some faint white that is nearly invisible to the naked eye. I use my same false ...
I go inside the main chamber. Wow, there are a lot of pictographs in here. I go inside the main...
Enhanced color version. Enhanced color version.
Some of the various symbols in here. One looks like a sun. Some of the various ...
Enhanced color. Enhanced color.
Pictographs cover the walls and ceiling.  It is hard to photograph them. Pictographs cover th...
Enhanced color. Enhanced color.
Long row of diamond chains and bisected circles above them. Long row of diamond ...
The chains remind me of the San Luis Rey style of pictographs more common in coastal southern California. I'm not sure if this is the same style. Enhanced color. The chains remind me...
Looking down lower. Looking down lower.
Looks like a sun symbol on the left. Looks like a sun sym...
To the right. To the right.
Slightly enhanced photo of this panel. Slightly enhanced ph...
This very interesting panel is fading away. This very interestin...
False color enhancement brings these out. Two central figures here. False color enhancem...
This figure combines the circle, diamond chain and sunburst together. This figure combines...
Enhanced color of this one. Enhanced color of th...
This one has a sunburst over a bisected circle with a center dot. This one has a sunbu...
Enhanced color. Enhanced color.
A vague pictograph next to it. A vague pictograph n...
I try to bring this out by enhancing the colors. I try to bring this ...
A look at the first one again. A look at the first ...
Enhanced color. Enhanced color.
This is an interesting group too. One of the pictographs looks like a sun. This is an interesti...
Almost looks like there is an arrowhead carved into the roof, just to the left of the upper pictograph. Almost looks like th...
Closer view of the sun. Closer view of the sun.
Closer view. Closer view.
I'm not sure if some of the granite has flaked off here on this bit of xenolith or the pictograph just went around it. I enhanced the colors. Almost looks like a fish! I'm not sure if...
Close-up of this isolated pictograph. Close-up of this iso...
One last look at the many pictographs on the ceiling and walls. One last look at the...
Enhanced colors. Enhanced colors.
This is an impressive place. Please respect it. This is an impressiv...


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