Swelter Shelter Petroglyphs

A large rock face with a variety of designs etched into the rock.
Petroglyphs and pictographs left by the Fremont cover rock faces at the Swelter Shelter site.


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Located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the Quarry Visitor Center, the Swelter Shelter site features a variety of both petroglyphs and pictographs, designed by the Fremont Culture. The site is an easy walk, approximately 200 feet (61 m) from the parking area.

Don't touch! Petroglyphs and pictographs are fragile, irreplaceable records of the past that many still hold sacred. Touching them can leave skin oils behind, and tracings or rubbings can ruin the designs. Federal law protects all artifacts, including these sites. Do your part to respect and protect the past, and report any vandalism you find.

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Last updated: August 15, 2023