“Pleasant Valley” Pictographs, Joshua Tree National Park

While hiking in the backcountry of Joshua Tree over the winter, the good folks over at Peregriff and I came across this small pictograph site. There isn’t much to the site, just a simple rock shelter with a handful of red pictographs on the ceiling but it is an intriguing find. As far as I know, it was unknown to the Park Service at the time of discovery. It is in a remote and difficult to reach spot.

The symbols and designs appear celestial in nature and remind me of the “Sky Cross” site not too far away.

The hidden entrance to the rock shelter. The hidden entrance ...
Going inside the small shelter. Going inside the sma...
One red concentric circle pictograph on the ceiling. One red concentric c...
Some very faint red rake-like structures. Some very faint red ...
Lines. Lines.
Lines on the ceiling. Perhaps these are celestial? Lines on the ceiling...
A better look at them. A better look at them.
Closer look at the circles. Closer look at the c...
The shelter actually is a tunnel. Note the track pictographs on the upper right. The shelter actually...
Another view of the tunnel. Another view of the ...
It is hard to get good photographs in here. It is hard to get go...
A closer look at the track marks. A closer look at the...
There are a few other minor pictographs too. They are so faded, they are hard to make out. There are a few othe...
A few more lines near the entrance. A few more lines nea...


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