Ted's World of Petroglyphs and Pictographs

Prehistoric rock art is found all over the world.  Petroglyphs were drawn by using a sharp rock to etch lines into another rock.  Historians have struggled both with dates and meanings of the drawings, but with limited success.  In contrast, pictographs were painted on rock walls.  Those that survive are at least partially protected from the forces of nature, and the most well-preserved specimens are found in caves.

Within the United States, petroglyphs abound, primarily in the arid regions of the west.  Pictographs are much less common.


Most images are available for download in 1024×768 or greater JPEG format; a few older ones have a lesser resolution.

– click on any picture for a high-resolution graphic –

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CALIFORNIA — BISHOP LOOP, OWENS VALLEY  (4 sites)

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Newspaper Rock    ⇔
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CALIFORNIA — CHINA LAKE NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION

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CALIFORNIA — MISC

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Hospital Rock
Sequoia NP

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NEVADA — GOLD BUTTE REGION

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First Rock
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Falling Man
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Parade of Sheep

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NEVADA — LAGOMARSINO CANYON

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source of my website avatar
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NEVADA — VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK  (2 sites)

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Petroglyph Canyon
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Atlatl Rock
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NEVADA — MISC

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Hickison Recreation Area
Austin, NV

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UTAH — CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK  (5 sites)

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Horseshoe Canyon – The Great Gallery    ⇔
North America's premiere pictograph site

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Ghost Panel
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(same)
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(same)

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Horseshoe Gallery    ⇔

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Alcove Gallery
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(same)
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High Panel

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Needles Region – Many Hands Panel

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UTAH — GRAND STAIRCASE ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Escalante River
at Highway 12
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Someone tried to steal this one
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Hundred Hands Panel    ⇔

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There actually are more than 160 hands

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UTAH — UTAH — MOAB AREA  (2 sites)

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Westwater Drive
near the golf course
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Potash Road
on the Colorado River
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UTAH — UTAH — NINE MILE CANYON  (2 sites)

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Hunter Panel
a world-famous site

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UTAH — UTAH — SANTA CLARA RIVER RESERVE

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Anasazi Ridge
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UTAH — UTAH — MISC

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Petroglyph, Sego Canyon
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Pictograph, Sego Canyon
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(same)

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Newspaper Rock
near Monticello
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(same)
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Fremont Culture SP

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Bloomington Petroglyph Park
Saint George
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(same)

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Capitol Reef NP – Fruita    ⇔

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WASHINGTON — COLUMBIA HILLS STATE PARK

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Pictographs on the guided hike lead to this:

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"She Who Watches"
a world-famous figure

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The following panels were saved from what is now the bottom of the Columbia River.

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The lone pictograph in the salvaged group

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