A blog about exploring the natural areas of New Mexico focusing on but not limited to Dona Ana, Luna, Otero, Sierra, Grant, Lincoln,Socorro and Catron counties.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Valles Canyon-Sierra de las Uvas, 2012
Goggle eyed petroglyph in Valles Canyon
Revisited Valles Canyon a couple of weeks ago with a friend that had been wanting to see the petroglyph site there.A very hot day but with enough of a breeze blowing to not be totally unbearable. As usual, I saw a few petroglyphs I hadn't see before, including the artful goggle eyed figure in the above photo, even though I've been here at least 5 times. My friend spotted a few manos and metates, and we walked up Broad Canyon a piece so I could show him the spot where there are thousands of chips, flakes and pieces of chert, flint and agate. It could have been a tool making site, but I don't know how to tell these things for sure. Saw a wide variety of lizards but no snakes. Lizards will run around in the noonday sun,but rattlers usually don't come out in the heat of the day.This is a great area for exploring. Almost no one comes here ever and especially not in the summer. Still,it was a good day with a good friend, and perhaps it's important to to give yourself the full desert experience once in awhile under the same sun, walking the same paths as the ones who chipped away at those rocks centuries ago.