455 Joshua Tree National Park: Rock Art Potpourri

Joshua Tree National Park: Rock Art Potpourriphotos

bouldersAs you've probably noticed, we're big fans of the Kern County Archaeological Society and have joined them for many of their trips. One would be hard pressed to find a nicer group of rock art fanatics! You can understand how pleased we were, then, when we received a call from them asking if we'd lead a trip to view rock art sites in Joshua Tree National Park. Here was a chance to try to repay them for putting up with us on numerous trips up in their neck of the woods!

So, a trip was born. Our goal was to try to provide, in a weekend, a variety of rock art experiences for about fifteen hardy souls who had never been to Joshua Tree before. Our choices for sites to visit had to meet a number of variables: adequate parking, relative ease of access, close beetleenough together to make it possible to visit them all in two days and impressive enough to be worth the effort. Eventually, we came up with a plan. The photos you're about to see are from our 'dry run' a few weeks before the actual trip. We wanted to make sure that the hiking time and time spent at each site would fit within the time frame that we had to work with. So, today we're off for a whirlwind adventure in which we're going to fit our proposed weekend trip into just one day while we crunch the stopwatch numbers and make sure that our timing will be spot on for the real thing in just a couple of weeks. Since you probably don't belong to KCAS and consequently missed the field trip, here's your chance to get a personal cyber tour of some of Joshua Tree's better known rock art locations. The best part is that you won't even have to pay the entry fee to get into the park, have to worry about finding a restroom, or do all the huffing and puffing to get from one site to another. Just click on the photo link below to be yanked through cyber space and plopped down right in the middle of the Wonderland of Rocks!

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