Monday, February 07, 2005

Pictographs in Smuggler Canyon

The pictographs found in this area are estimated to be 2-3 hundred years old. This style is unique to California and is often referred to as San Luis Rey style. Unlike the more common stick figures and animals found elsewhere, these designs are largely zig-zags, diamonds and chains.

There are several morteros and a dry waterfall a half mile down the canyon from these paintings. From the top of the falls, there is an excellent view of the Carrizo Valley, Coyote Mountains and Tierra Blanca.


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