Ryan Mountain is one of the best and most popular hikes in all of Joshua Tree National Park. It is a signature hike. The mountain rises above the boulder-strewn plains of Lost Horse and Queen Valleys and has fantastic panoramic views only available elsewhere in the park by long, cross-country
Ryan Ranch was homesteaded in 1895 by three brothers - Jepp, Tom, and Matt Ryan, who were cattle ranchers and entrepreneurs. They settled at Lost Horse Spring, originally known as Witch Spring, to gain control of the water source. Initially, James McHaney had claimed the spring, but he later transferred
Like the Lonely Stones Petroglyphs, this is another isolated boulder outcrop that makes you ask why Native Americans would pick this particular boulder to leave their markings. The answer to that question remains a mystery. I did find a small tinaja, however, that makes me think they would have stopped
Nestled in the Wonderland of Rocks and just around the corner from Alister's Cave in Joshua Tree National Park is another rock shelter with pictographs: the Diamond Solstice Pictographs. The main symbols here are a sunburst arc, diamonds, and diamond chains. Their meanings have been lost to time, but there
A good friend of mine gave me a couple of tips on where a set of petroglyphs was hidden in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. I hadn't heard anything about these petroglyphs, and I was definitely interested. He asked me to keep it's location a secret though. After
Just around the corner from Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree are two pictograph sites. They are not well known and only a few pictographs are here but they are still well worth a visit. Both sites were once used for bouldering (rock climbing) but are now off-limits. The climbers definitely
On a stormy July day a few years ago, I finally went out and visited the Lonely Stones Petroglyph site. As is often the case, it had been on my list of places to visit for years.