I made two trips in search of the petroglyphs at Howe’s Tank. The first trip I was close but ran out of time just a little ways from the site. I went out a week later with Howe’s Tank as my main goal and found it after a little searching. The tank is the result of a wash going over a lava cliff. Floods have scoured out a hole and it fills with seasonal water. This is a life saving resource in this barren wasteland. Photography was pretty tough, as I was shooting directly into the sun. But don’t let my poor pictures turn you away from this special site.
Cloudy skies and some light rain greet me on my first search for the tank.
We find a faint geoglyph here. It is towards the top.
On my second trip out, we follow this closed road for a few miles across this wilderness. The lava makes for stark terrain.
My dad waits at a gap in the fence.
Getting closer and I’m getting hopeful.
Success! A beautiful water oasis!
I have to find a way down. There are petroglyphs here.
I can see why they were here. This water hole would have been paradise in this desert.
The walls are covered with petroglyphs.
I find a few mesquite trees too. From looking at the seeds, they look like honey mesquite.
Quite a few under the mesquite trees on the shore.
My dad poses for me on the beach.
I can’t get very close to the petroglyphs along the pond unless I want to go for a swim.
The rocks are covered.
Right down to the water line. Note some of the vertical lines seem to have red pigment still on them.
The top of this rock is worn.
I am able to reach a small alcove in the wall above the water that could be a shelter. There are some faint markings on the wall but I am not sure of there origin.
One side of the alcove.
My view from the shelter. That is a mat of green moss or algae in the bottom of the tank.
Very interesting panel.
Another great panel. Difficult to reach though.
Faint wear marks on this rock with petroglyphs.
These rocks have very clear wear marks. Someone spent a lot of time here.
This is the only cross like this I noticed here.
Another cross with dot inside but not triple outlined like the other.
Looking down on the tank. This is certainly an oasis in a barren land.
I find more petroglyphs above the tank and in the wash.
Star in the wash.
Looking down the lava falls.
Along the top of the tank, there is a whole wall covered in petroglyphs.
I climb lower down on the falls. I could almost jump in from here.
Many of the panels are hard to get photographs of.
There is an interesting sun symbol on the left.
I walk back to the top again and explore the wash some more.
Is that a lizard on the left? Butterfly in the center?
There are fewer petroglyphs here than in the tank itself.
One last shot before we head back. What a good day.