Rock Art Etiquette

Guidelines for visiting rock art sites

The best way to protect and preserve rock art sites is education. I've lost track of how many locals and hunters I've talked to that already knew where all the local petroglyph and pictograph sites where.

The following are some things you can you do to help keep these sites pristine and preserve them for future generations.

  • Leave everything you find as you found it. Artifacts tell a story. Their location helps archaeologists understand that story. Removing artifacts or even collecting pottery sherds into a pile unravels that story. If you pick up and look at an artifact, please put it back where you found it.
  • Please don't touch petroglyphs or pictographs. Oil from your skin can damage the images.
  • Please don't chalk or otherwise outline any rock art. This can permanently damage them.

Preserve the past. Please protect and respect these sacred places. They are a part of everyone's heritage.

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