Photo of the week: petroglyphs at Galisteo Basin, near Santa Fe

A message from the past: Galisteo Basin Petroglyph, photo by Steve Collins

The Galisteo Basin is a watershed that flows out of the extreme southern Sangre de Christo Mountains, south of Santa Fe, NM. Watershed is a misleading term since, most of the time, it is dry. This valley, just south of Santa Fe, has been inhabited for almost 10,000 years. In the 1200s, relatives of today’s Pueblo people began moving into the area. The last of the Pueblo people abandoned the area to join other Pueblos in the early 1700s. Today, a limited number of people are allowed to visit the area under the strict supervision of The Galisteo Basin Preserve. The photo these petroglyphs on Petroglyph Hill was taken during a visit to Thornton Ranch Open Space administered by Santa Fe County Open Space & Trails.

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6 Responses to “Photo of the week: petroglyphs at Galisteo Basin, near Santa Fe”

  1. Charles Higgins
    January 1, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

    I used to liove and work near the small community of Galisteo which sits near Galisteo Creek northeast of Santa Fe ( 35 - 40 miles). Thanks for this interesting historical piece.,.


    • Steve Collins
      January 1, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

      Thanks for pos feedback. Lots of history and cultural interaction is what keeps it interesting for us!

  2. LeslieTravel
    January 2, 2019 at 10:37 pm #

    It’s great that you are so close to cultural/historic attractions! How exciting.

  3. Jade
    January 6, 2019 at 4:38 pm #

    Fun- I’ve always found that part of history to be so interesting. Great photo!

  4. Carol Johnston
    March 30, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

    Thank you for your website and photos. My friend Bill and I have searched for and photographed rock art wherever we can find it, Calif, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, and have even had the opportunity to visit some sites in remote ares of old Mexico, Africa, Hawaii, Egypt, and Canada, It’s obviously one of our great passions (as are photography, painting, jewelry making and rock hounding) and it has been one of my life’s desires to visit the Galiesto basin rock art site. I keep checking to see if they have opened it up to visiting, but have not been able to get beyond that. What is the criteria for being allowed to visit this site? We aren’t getting any younger, (both 70′s), and would so much like to be able to do this. We would certainly be willing to pay for a guide if that is possible. We live in Tucson AZ so are blessed with the same beautiful weather and landscapes that you have. We have a four wheel truck and have had many back country adventures. Thanks for your time and expertise.
    Carol Johnston and Bill Hodgson

    • Billie Frank
      March 30, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Carol. I sent you an email about the petroglyphs. That site is open for rare tours and there are usually waiting lists. It took a while to get on it. I’ll see what I can find out.

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