Mouse’s Tank, Valley of Fire State Park

This is a neat site inside of the Valley of Fire State Park. It is my favorite petroglyph spot in the park. The story of how the tank (a tinaja) was named is interesting although I’m not sure how accurate it is. The petroglyphs are probably Virgin River Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan).

Some petroglyphs and historical inscriptions across the street from the parking lot.  What's funny is that people would pull up, park and hike the trail and not even see these petros across the street. Some petroglyphs and...
Rain symbols? Rain symbols?
Interesting. Interesting.
There is an interesting bird looking petroglyph in the center.  Could be a Thunderbird. There is an interest...
Here he is again.  Some spirals and feet too. Here he is again. S...
Could these guys be dancing? Could these guys be ...
Close up. Close up.
Alysia gives size to this panel.  Some of the glyphs would be very hard to reach. Alysia gives size to...
The anthropomorth in front of the bighorn looks surprised.... The anthropomorth in...
There are some  vertical lines here.  Those always make me think of rain.  Also, on the far left is a "bat woman". There are some vert...
Wider look at the panel.  Some of the glyphs are so old, they have been revarnished. Wider look at the pa...
Very interesting anthropomorphs.  Dancing?  Friendship?  Why the two on the left have flat heads?  The sign at the trailhead says this is a snake dance.  You can just barely see some wavy lines above them. Very interesting ant...
This whole rock was covered. This whole rock was ...
Lots of petroglyphs. Lots of petroglyphs.
Bush and petros. Bush and petros.
Another covered cliff face. Another covered clif...
It keeps going. It keeps going.
Closer view. Closer view.
Some are faint. Some are faint.
Another wall of petroglyphs. Another wall of petr...
Some of this panel has fallen. Some of this panel h...
The upper left of this panel almost looks like a map. The upper left of th...
Some deer. Some deer.
Alysia along the trail. Alysia along the trail.
Another shot of Alysiaon the trail. Another shot of Alys...
Petroglyphs are everywhere. Petroglyphs are ever...
These are slowly chipping away. These are slowly chi...
The sun wasn't cooperating on this one. The sun wasn't ...
The guy on the right is probably a shaman. The guy on the right...
Sun shield. Sun shield.
Varied designs. Varied designs.
At the end of the trail, we have a look into  Mouse's Tank.  It is a tinaja and happened to have some water in it. At the end of the tr...
Some small glyphs near the tank. Some small glyphs ne...
Walking back out. Walking back out.
The sign at the trailhead suggests some possible meanings. The sign at the trai...


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