Back in 2015, we went out to the Piedras Grandes pictograph site. Piedras Grandes means “Large stones” and these granite boulders out in the southern part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park certainly are that. The site is inside of the Piedras Grandes Cultural Preserve and it is a short walk from a parking area to the pictographs in the rock shelter.
As we were walking up the old road to the site, we spotted a “yoni”. It is a natural rock inclusion (or xenolith) that has been worked into a female fertility symbol. They were believed by Native American women to enhance the chances of getting pregnant.
Around the corner is the rock shelter with a few pictographs. They are almost completely faded from existence from years of weathering and human contact. The site is particularly interesting as it contains the only known pictograph in San Diego