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Snake Gulch Arizona Rock Art Site – Petroglyphs and Pictographs/
In April of 2007, a group of embarked on a 14 mile roundtrip hike to review the Rock Art in Snake Gulch. Snake Gulch is well known by Rock Art advocates, hikers, and horseback riders. Only a couple of horseback riders who were returning after a longer trip to the Grand Canyon were encountered, so we had the Gulch to ourselves. As a note the panels are essentially undamaged by either pioneer writings or modern graffiti. The debate of the government site managers about more visitation (informing interested parties about the location of the site) and nondisclosure of the site location in this case weighs toward information being available. Reduced visitation could possibly permit destruction of the panels.
Our objectives were to select a long day, yet avoid the snakes that come out in hot weather. We were successful, starting at about 10:30 am and finishing about 7:30 in the evening. Our plans were to start at the North end, hike the 7 miles in with no photography, have lunch, hike out and photograph the Rock Art panels. Unfortunately on the hike in, we missed photographing some very nice panels that display better in the morning than they do in the afternoon.
However, the next time, a different plan:
Start earlier in the morning.
Photograph on the way down (also) since the lighting favors some panels in the morning.
There are some observations or advice:
Have a high clearance, 4-wheel drive available.
Take a good lunch, and stash (hide) some water midway in the hike.
And the normal precautions – maps, hat, good hiking shoes, camera, sufficient memory, batteries, cell phone (although we are not convinced it would work in the area), and let people know where you are going to be.
Will we return?
Without a doubt. As Rock Art advocates know one review of the site frequently does not discover everything that might prove to be interesting. The repeat trips through reveal more panels and allows improvement of the photographs. We gained many good pictures and identified some that need improvement.
Although we normally do not release locations and directions to the site, there are previously published directions which we include in the Ebook.