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
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
or greater JPEG format; a few older ones have a lesser resolution.
– click on any picture for a high-resolution graphic –
CALIFORNIA — BISHOP LOOP, OWENS VALLEY (4 sites)
CALIFORNIA — CHINA LAKE NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION
CALIFORNIA — MISC
NEVADA — GOLD BUTTE REGION
NEVADA — LAGOMARSINO CANYON
NEVADA — VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK (2 sites)
NEVADA — MISC
UTAH — BUCKHORN WASH
Buckhorn Wash Pictographs ⇔
meticulously repaired by dedicated environmentalists
UTAH — CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK (5 sites)
Horseshoe Canyon – The Great Gallery ⇔
North America's premiere pictograph site
Horseshoe Gallery ⇔
Needles Region – Many Hands Panel
UTAH — GRAND STAIRCASE ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT
There actually are more than 160 hands
UTAH — MOAB AREA (3 sites)
Moon Flower Picnic Area
UTAH — NINE MILE CANYON (2 sites)
a world-famous site
UTAH — ROCHESTER SITE
UTAH — SANTA CLARA RIVER RESERVE
UTAH — ZION NATIONAL PARK
UTAH — MISC
Capitol Reef NP – Fruita ⇔
WASHINGTON — COLUMBIA HILLS STATE PARK
Pictographs on the guided hike lead to this:
"She Who Watches"
a world-famous figure
The following panels were saved from what is now the bottom of the Columbia River.
The lone pictograph in the salvaged group