The stories these forms of communications would be wonderful to know!
What do we mean by petroglyphs, pictographs, and geoglyphs?
*Petroglyphs are rock carvings (rock paintings are called pictographs) made by pecking directly on the rock surface using a stone chisel and a hammerstone. When the desert varnish (or patina) on the surface of the rock was chipped off, the lighter rock underneath was exposed, creating the petroglyph. Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroglyph
*Pictograph means art painted on rock surfaces. This is in comparison to petroglyphs, where the images are carved or incised.
These Baja California rock art sites were visited by David and/or Octopup. They will be presented geographically, from north to south. If the site is not advertised or behind a gate, only an approximate GPS is given. Unless stated differently, photos are from David Kier from the VivaBaja.com trip-photos link, with a second link to the Octopup trip-photo page. Click the links to see more photos. Sites I have been to but do not have good photos of include Los Vallecitos (near La Rumorosa), El Cajon Canyon and Agua Caliente Canyon (both are canyons facing Valle Chico, southwest of San Felipe).
To see more rock art, get the Harry Crosby book, The Cave Paintings of Baja California.
*= Other sites documented by Octopup (I have not visited or photographed) will be included below with a link to Octopup’s photo page.
Los Vallecitos Photos (on Facebook) Thank you, José Ruiz.
Santa María Canyon Trail: approx. 29°43′, -114°31.5′ elev. 500 meters/ 1,640 feet https://vivabaja.com/p403/
Las Tinajitas: approx. 28°46′, -113°40′ elev. 620 meters/ 2,030 feet [locked gate 4 miles from site, obtain guide at San Borja] https://vivabaja.com/p401/
Baja California Sur
Cueva del Ratón (San Francisco de la Sierra): 27°35.45′, – 113°01.46 elev. 1,170 meters/ 3,840 feet [behind locked gate, obtain guide at hostel] https://vivabaja.com/p519/3/
San Borjitas: 26°52.29′, – 112°15.49 elev. 480 meters/ 1,575 feet [behind two locked gates, obtain guide at Rancho La Tinaja] https://vivabaja.com/p519/
Click this link to see the cave figures illustrated, with DStretch enhancement which reveals hidden figures: https://www.dstretch.com/SanBorjitas/index.html
To me, the most magnificent cave art that I have seen, so far! I was with Cameron Steele and the 2019 Trail of Missions Recon team.
Las Parras Canyon Pictographs [Along the San Javier highway, 8.2 miles west of Hwy. 1/ Loreto] This site was buried by a flash flood in August 2013. It was uncovered sometime later. Photos below are from 2009. https://vivabaja.com/p709/
Come back soon to see additional sites and links added.
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