“Palmetto Wash” Petroglyphs

Over the years, I have visited this small petroglyph site many times. It is not too far from the road, so it makes for a nice spot to take a break.

During a recent visit with my family, we were saddened to find some drill holes have been made into the volcanic rock adjacent to some of the ancient petroglyph panels. What a shame! I’m not sure if someone was attempting to steal the petroglyphs or if someone was taking core samples to study the volcanic rock. Either way, it was careless and a federal crime. I hope whoever caused the damage faces some punishment and restitution so repair work can be done.

Below are photos from various visits I’ve made to the site over the years. I first documented the drill holes in late 2015.

This set of photos was taken in 2009. This set of photos w...
Someone chalked these petroglyphs. 2009. Note the lack of drill holes. Someone chalked thes...
Chalked petroglyphs. This is sad to see. Please don't do this. These petroglyphs are thousands of years old. Chalked petroglyphs....
Historic date of 1917 on the right. Historic date of 191...
Abstract petroglyphs. This photo was taken in 2009, note the blank alcove on the left. When I returned to this site in 2016 there are three drill holes. See following photos in this set. Abstract petroglyphs...
Some chalking on this one too. Some chalking on thi...
Chalked petroglyphs and historical dates. Chalked petroglyphs ...
This entire boulder is covered in ancient petroglyphs. And, unfortunately, some recent graffiti. This entire boulder ...
Very faded concentric circles. Very faded concentri...
Circles with crosses. Circles with crosses.
These photos are from another visit to the site in 2015. These photos are fro...
"L T 1917" "L T 1917"
The chalk is weathering away after six years. The chalk is weather...
Upon a visit in November 2015, we found drill holes in the petroglyph panels. Note the three drill holes on the left. Following photos are from Nov 2015. Upon a visit in Nove...
Time has nearly erased these squiggly lines. Time has nearly eras...
Snakes? Snakes?
Nov 2016. Some chalk remains. Nov 2016. Some chalk...
This is a complex panel. This is a complex pa...
Close up of the drill holes. The following photos are from a site visit in June 2016. Close up of the dril...
Drill holes and petroglyphs. They are clearly on the panel. Drill holes and petr...
Drills holes and petroglyphs. Drills holes and pet...
Close-up of three more drill holes. Close-up of three mo...
Two more drill holes. Two more drill holes.
A look at the circles with crosses again. A look at the circle...
Another set of drill holes up higher. Another set of drill...
Closer view of the five holes. Closer view of the f...
Petroglyphs and drill holes. Petroglyphs and dril...
My boy enjoys seeing the petroglyphs. Please save them for future generations. My boy enjoys seeing...
The carved boulder. The carved boulder.
Rain or serpents? Rain or serpents?
A wider view of the panel. A wider view of the ...
A set of six drill holes. A set of six drill h...
Closer view. Closer view.
Faded anthropomorph? Faded anthropomorph?
Sad to see this damage. Sad to see this damage.
He is excited to see them. (That small hole is natural and included in the design.) He is excited to see...
Much of the chalk is gone after seven years. Much of the chalk is...
It is a nice site. Hopefully it sees no more damage. It is a nice site. H...


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