|Jeep at 45 degrees|
|On Devils Staircase|
Today we hiked along Oak Creek to get views of the Cathedral Rock. We were lucky to be ahead of the incoming thunderstorms and get a picture of the famous view of Cathedral Rock showing the reflection of the Rock in a waterpool.
Later in the day, I managed to get a reservation to Palatki Ruins, right near Enchantment. We have been coming here for years and never went to these ancient native American ruins, including pictographs from four native cultures: the Archaic Indians of over 2000 years ago, the Sinagua of about 800 years ago, the Yavapai and the Tonto Apaches. Here are examples of pictographs from each of these groups.
|Yavapai animal drawing|
|Sinagua drawing of man on horse in center|
|Tonto Apache shaman markings|
|Archaic Indians (possibly mountains, sun, trees)|
For an interesting discussion of one of the pictographs (left), which the ranger pointed out as Asian looking and likely drawn by Archaic Indians, see this website.