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McDonald Creek Rock Art – Pictographs

Located in Western Colorado there are at least four separate panels of Pictographs along the McDonald Creek wash. The area has been renamed the ‘McDonald Creek Cultural Resource Area’ and is part of the recently renamed ‘McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area’. (So much for politicians!) Most folks still just call it ‘Rabbit Valley’. There is No Camping in the ‘Resource Area’ although there is camping available close by. Also I would recommend a high clearance vehicle.

McDonald Creek - Rock Art Panel

McDonald Creek Rock Art is 1000 years old and thought to be from the Fremont Indians.

Thanks to the Bureau of Land Management for helping to protect this fragile, prehistoric archaeological site. A few miles south of I-70 you will find the start of a trail and signs pointing you to the locations of the rock art. There is a parking area here and a restroom. Please walk in the stream bed as much as possible as this practice helps prevent development of additional trails. There is more information for this site available at the BLM web site.

McDonald Creek Rock Art is located in Southwestern Colorado in the United States near these coordinates.

N 39° 09.371 W 109° 01.708

12S E 670349 N 4335959

The coordinates listed here will put you directly in front of the first panel.
Please respect this and all such Rock Art. Also Please Note that the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act provides serious penalties for vandals. Please Do Not Touch as even the oils in your skin can cause the paints and rock surfaces to deteriorate.

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