On our way out of Hot Springs Co., WY the other day, we took a side trip to the banks of Cottonwood Creek to view the ancient Petriglyphs. The gravel road took us a couple of miles along the opposite bank from Hamilton Dome, then dropped over the edge to a parking area. A short walk from there started the Petriglyphs… more than 280 individual pictures carved into the stone cliffs.
Here are a few of the hundred or so that I photographed..along with my impressions.
Right after snapping this photo, I looked down at the trail and began to walk. Beside me, partially hidden under a rock was a good-sized rattlesnake! It appeared to be about 1 1/2″ in diameter and two-and-a-half feet long. In my excitement, I called out for Evelyn to come see it. She declined. I was so taken aback by the sight of it that I totally forgot my camera that was hanging around my neck.
It looks to me like the lizard on the far-right was made first, because the solid-bodied figure in the middle overlaps it, which in turn is overlapped by the stick figure coming over across the rock fissure on the left.
No doubt about it. A bunny. They may have had bunny clubs long before “Heff” thought of it.
Another large head. Possibly an alien. Or the original Cat-in-the-Hat!
Some of the artists may have been Jewish. This looks like a Menorah candlestick.
It’s hard to say whether this represents a person or animal. It may be a happy woman, for there appears to be a set of twins under her.
Figure on the right appears to be much older. looks like a large-headed alien. Figure on the left may represent a human/alien breeding program.
Head is to the lower left, with teeth exposed. Very stout legs and tail. Possibly a dino?