(nr Gila Bend AZ)
A short distance west of Gila Bend, I ventured out to see some rock art at Painted Rock Petroglyph Site. It was similar to the ones I saw in New Mexico, but on a smaller scale.
Two types of drawings were represented from separate native cultures. One was primarily geometric symbols, and the other depictions of wildlife. The restriction of remaining on the marked trail prevented any close-up examination. Rocks were densely packed with drawings, but only on one side of the hill.
The rock art was concentrated on a hill at the edge of the campground. A trail, with descriptive panels, was a short walk from my campsite. For a little while, I was the only one in the Hohokam Loop I chose; and just two others during my stay. Yet, the Patayan Loop was nearly full.
On my way east from Yuma, I stopped at Dateland to sample their famous date milkshake. It was pretty good, and provided a cool refreshment while crossing the hot desert. Behind the store were the date palm groves.
Camp: Painted Rock Petroglyph CG – Hohokam Loop
Scene: Mountains, desert, petroglyphs