Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs

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Field Trip

Saturday, April 16, 2011, 8:30 am–2:00 pm

Mesa Prieta is a basalt escarpment located on the west side of the Rio Grande north of Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo). Evidence of historic and prehistoric occupation of this area goes back over 9,000 years as evidenced by many mulch gardens and water control systems located here. An estimated 20,000 rock art images reveal the ceremonial significance of the landscape where Tewa communities flourished between AD 1300 and 1600.

These petroglyphs retain the power to connect us to those who made them through their diverse styles and methods of production, with many showing a high degree of skill and careful execution. This highly vulnerable area once threatened by gravel mining, grazing, and vandalism is now protected by the Wells Petroglyph Preserve, which provides guided trips along five different trails. The terrain is varied, and you will be able to choose between traveling along either an easy or a more rugged trail. The guided walks are led by Preserve-trained docents who are familiar with the petroglyphs and the history of the area. SAR will provide a picnic lunch, which we can eat in the shade of the Rio Grande.

Activity Level: Easy to Moderate, requires participants walking short distances over rugged surfaces. Please call the Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 if you are uncertain about your physical ability to participate.

Cost (per person): $80, includes transportation from SAR, picnic lunch, and guide honorariums.

Trip Registration: Participation in SAR field trips is one of the benefits of membership. We will begin accepting reservations at 8:00am on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, either by telephone (505) 954-7230) or walk-in at the SAR Membership Office, 660 Garcia Street. No reservations will be accepted before 8:00am on that day. Group size is limited—Reserve your space early.

For more information, visit the Field Trips section.

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