The Needles & Indian Creek

Sunday, May 6, 2012

After a nice night sleeping along Indian Creek, I was awake again the break of dawn and having some breakfast. I packed up camp and then headed back into The Needles for another day of exploring. I was soon driving the rough road over Elephant Hill into the heart of the Needles. I ended up doing a little hiking and searching for some new rock art sites as I explored this beautiful area once again.

Driving through Elephant Canyon after crossing over Elephant Hill.

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Elephant Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Squeezing my Jeep through this tight section into Devil’s Pocket.

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Devil’s Pocket by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Interesting black handprints along the road.

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Black Hands by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Great view in Devil’s Lane.

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Devil’s Lane by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I finally managed to find The Headdress Site that I have looked for in the past with no success. As is common in these parts, there were a lot of handprints here.

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In the Corner by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at some of the handprints with a small anthropomorphic figure in the middle.

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Ceiling Hands by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Above by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

These figures appear to be wearing very large headdresses, which is where the site derives it’s name.

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Hands & Headdress by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A few more of the smaller pictographs found at this site.

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Celebration by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Since I was driving right by them, I just had to stop at the pictographs near SOB Hill again.

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Hands & Feet II by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

No shortage of handprints…

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Devil’s Lane Hands by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another new Barrier Canyon Style anthropomorph I found. I have been past this area many times before and was surprised I had missed it!

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Lone BCS by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I stopped at one more site before leaving the park. This was also a new one to me, and contained some interesting petroglyphs and a few painted designs.

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Petroglyphs & Pictographs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s a look at the petroglyphs found here.

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Lower Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Designs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After leaving The Needles I headed over to Indian Creek via the Lockhart Basin Road to look for another rock art panel and a small ruin. It took a little searching, but I did manage to find what I was looking for.

First up, I found this nice pictograph panel. It sure reminds me of the one found at Peekaboo Spring along Salt Creek because of all the white dots.

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White Dot Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at part of the panel.

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Dots & Hands by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then I managed to find the ruin I was looking for. I can’t believe I missed this one in the past. I have driven right by it a few times before. It does blend in well.

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Spot the Ruin? by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I did try to find a way to get closer to this ruin, but found no way up to it.

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Indian Creek Ruin by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Every time I have driven by these falls on a nice warm day there always seems to be people here, so I usually just pass it by. Today there was no one around, so I stopped to cool off and take a few photos before starting my drive back home.

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Indian Creek Falls by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

It seems that I can’t drive along the road through Indian Creek Canyon without spotting some new petroglyphs along the way. Today was no exception as I spotted these faint Basketmaker anthropomorphs above the road.

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Faded Basketmaker Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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1 comment

  1. GARY HUMMEL November 1, 2013 9:05 am  Reply

    great pics,thank you

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