Shavano Valley Petroglyph Park
Saturday, June 23, 2012
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On Saturday I was invited by my friend Greg to visit the Shavano Valley Petroglyph Park near Montrose. I've been wanting to visit this site for quite a while, but never got around to getting permission to go, so I jumped at the opportunity. Amanda and I planned to head back up into the San Juan Mountains again this weekend, so it worked out perfectly since we would be driving through Montrose on our way. We left Grand Junction very early so we could meet Greg at the park around sunrise. We ended up spending a few hours searching the cliff faces for petroglyphs and taking photos. Here are a few photos of the petroglyphs...
Our favorite petroglyphs at the site were at the Bear Dance Panel.
Ute Bear Dance by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
A closer look at the bear climbing a tree petroglyph. Very unique and cool!
Bear in a Tree by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
This was another large panel of petroglyphs next to the Bear Dance Panel.
Big Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
There were a few petroglyphs of footprints in the area.
Feet by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
A faded panel with what appears to be a handprint petroglyph with six fingers.
Faded by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
This interesting panel was sheltered under an overhang. A nice setting for some petroglyphs.
Sheltered Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
These petroglyphs were found high above another large panel.
Up High by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
There were also a few historic inscriptions found here. These were the two oldest ones I saw.
Edwin Gravestock by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Joe Harrison by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Here's another look at a bear petroglyph from the Bear Panel.
Bear Without a Tree by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
This panel was also located right next to the Bear Dance petroglyphs.
Prints by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
These two petroglyphs were found alone away from the other large panels.
Shavano High Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Before we left the park and headed up into the mountains, we stopped at this horse petroglyph hidden among some lichen covered rocks.
Shavano Horse by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
We had a nice morning photographing the petroglyphs before it started to get hot out!
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