As I traveled from Yuma toward Organ Pipe, I saw an opportunity to stretch my legs.
They provided helpful interpretive signage to help explain these petroglyphs and the history of the area.
WHO MADE THESE PETROGLYPHS? Many of the petroglyphs at Painted Rocks were authored by people from nearby villages along the Gila River. The closest villages were less than two miles to the north and west—a 20-minute walk away. People lived there year-round, farming on the floodplain. Archaeologists attribute the earliest of these communities to the Hohokam and Patayan cultural traditions. During the Spanish colonial era (1699–1821), explorers met descendant communities of O’odham-speaking “Pimas” and “Papagos” and Yuman-speaking “Cocomaricopas” living in nearby villages. Today, we know them by their own names: Akimel O’Odham, Tohono O’Odham, Hia C’ed O’Odham, and Piipaash. Several other contemporary Native American tribes in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and Baja California recognize ancestral connections to Hohokam and Patayan traditions and cultural properties. These include Quechan, Cocopah, Yavapai, and Mojave, among others.” Source: Archaeology Southwest,
A highlight for me was getting to see a couple lizards, I believe collared lizards. Crappy photo, I know but best I could get from a distance.
- March 22, 2019
- Camping is available both at the campground and on nearby BLM land.
- Gila Bend is nearest town for groceries, gas, etc.