Black Dragon Canyon Pictographs

June 25, 2008 at 12:38 pm (Petroglyphs/pictographs)

The road to Black Dragon is a dirt road off the shoulder of westbound I-70 near mile marker 147.  We almost missed it because we were headed east and had to get off and turn around to get to it.  Of course, since it was East of where we were anyway, we really didn’t have a choice.  The view area along the way more than made up for our having to drive in circles.

This is Spotted Wolf Canyon and I-70 goes right through it.
Once we found our road and drove about 1-2 miles to the mouth of Black Dragon Canyon, we got out and hiked the rest of the way. It was only .2 miles to the pictographs. As we walked, we were beginning to think they were a lot further in than we thought. Then DD #1, an expert rock art spotter, saw them. She said, “I see a fence! And I can see the pictographs!” As for me, I could see the fence, but my eyes were not sharp enough to see any hint of pictures on the canyon walls. Thank goodness for little Miss Sharpeyes.
These pictographs are a little different than others I’ve seen. It is thought that this panel was intended to be some sort of calendar.

And just when you think you’re done looking at all these tally marks…look up.
And then go look at the canyon wall to the left of this one.
We would have missed these if DD#1 had not notice them.

I especially liked this one. It looks like a wolf howling at the moon.



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