La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site is Awesome

La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site

Petroglyphs are Carved on Black Basalt Boulders at Top of Mesa

Awesome Petroglyph Rock Wall

Petroglyph of Butterfly (double triangle)

Petroglyph of Kokopelli (right)

Petroglyph of Snake (center squiggle)

Petroglyph of Coyote

La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site is an excellent place to view petroglyphs near Santa Fe. Hundreds of petroglyphs, or rock art images, were carved onto the black basalt boulders at the top of the mesa between the 13th and 17th centuries by the Pueblo Indians.  The images are thought to symbolize events of deep cultural meaning or spiritual significance.  The meaning of many images is unknown, and the site may have been a place of worship for a vanished tribe.  The location of petroglyphs is important, as well as what the images are “looking” at.  For example, this coyote petroglyph was placed in the shade, because coyotes hunt in the shadows.  La Cieneguilla is especially famous for its images of birds and Kokopelli (the hump-backed flute-player).  This place is really special.  If you use your imagination, you can almost hear the notes of Kokopelli’s flute on the wind.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places.

4 Responses to La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site is Awesome

  1. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    What a fabulous place to explore, so full of history, a lot of the rock art seems to be so high up just amazing.

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