Petroglyphs, like the ones to the left, are drawings carved into the rock walls. Petroglyphs and pictographs (painted drawings on the rock walls) are classified as “rock art”. However, today through consultation with San Ildefonso Pueblo descendents, we know that these marks upon the rocks have deeper meanings than mere art. They may someday even be classified as a written language. The meanings of some petroglyphs are known to many present- day Pueblo people. The exact significance of others may have been lost through time. All “rock art” has important cultural meaning to the Pueblo people. Please respect this place and its importance in Pueblo culture. Leave the cliffs and petroglyphs unaltered by our presence.
Tsankawi Trail Stop 6
Last updated: February 24, 2015