CA, Joshua Tree

"Sky Cross" Pictographs

Deep in the wilderness of Joshua Tree National Park is a site that I call the "Sky Cross" Pictographs. This is a rather large rock shelter with unusual red lines painted across a domed ceiling. The lines form arches across the ceiling and remind me of the night sky. There is even a small sun glyph on the eastern wall. I think a few of the other small designs could also be stellar constellations. Near the rear of the room, a small tunnel leads into another chamber with only a couple of very faint pictographs. This is Serrano and Cahuilla territory and I wonder if any other similar panels of broad bands of pictographs exist?

I’ve been asked to not give directions to this site. If you do go out in search of it, you’ll have to scramble over large granite boulders, evade thorny bushes, dodge some spiny cacti, and navigate a seemingly endless labyrinth of granite boulders and washes. The trek took us all day and wasn’t easy. Sound fun? Adventure awaits you. Please protect and respect this site. Leave it better than you find it.

I visited this site with my friends over at Check out their wonderfully detailed report of the site here.

Enjoy my photos below.

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About Guy Starbuck

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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