White Sands Monument

and

Three Rivers Petroglyph National Recreation Area

White Sands National Monument is part of a very large area called White Sands Missle Range.

The government closes the park down (as well as Highway 70) a couple of days per month to conduct

missle testing.

It was very difficult to find sand that didn't have human tracks on it. It hadn't rained in a long time, and the footprints

don't go away without a good rain. It seems that people cannot stand to see a virgin hill, so they have to trample all over it.

It seems that birds need to trample on it too. sigh.......

There are over 2,100 petroglyphs on this hill, and is thought to be created by the Mogollon culture Indians until about 1400 A.D.

The hill that contains the petroglyphs gives a good 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside.

I suppose that the artists were on guard duty and etched the pictures to pass time.

The above picture is the most popular and most photographed petroglyph in

the park. It is a picture of a goat with 3 arrows in it.

 

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