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Mockingbird Canyon Pictographs

Nestled in a rural neighborhood in Riverside, the Mockingbird Canyon pictographs are a hidden gem. Believed to be the work of the native Luiseno Indians, this is an impressive set of San Luis Rey style polychrome pictographs painted on the ceiling of a granite rock shelter. The circles, nets, and lines are thought to represent the night sky and the Milky Way.

Mockingbird Canyon Pictographs

The shelter itself overlooks an intermittent creek where there was once a small village. Some mortars, grinding slicks, and a possible "Yoni" can still be found on the site.


The pictographs are fenced to help protect them.

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Guy has hiked the deserts and mountains of the southwestern U.S. for more than twenty-five years. In that time, he has found hidden and remote locations that don't see many visitors.
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