La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site is Awesome
June 19, 2012 5 Comments
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.