Canyon Pintado National Historic District
Rock Art: Shield Site
This page contains a discussion of the rock art found within the Canyon Pintado National Historic District, at the Shield Site. All photographs are from our our personal collection. If you'd like to see more rock art from this location, or if you'd like to see higher resolution or larger images, send us an e-mail message and we'll see what we can do.
The Canyon Pintado National Historic District is made up of several individual petroglyph and pictograph sites scattered over several miles, both in Canyon Pintado proper, among the canyons along the Dragonfly Road to the west, and east and west of Rangely just off of Highway 64. See our Personal Notes for more details on the Shield Site.
See the following pages for more rock art from the Canyon Pintado National Historic District:
For more information on how to preserve and protect these priceless historic treasures:
- Archaeological Resources Protection Act Hotline: 800-227-7286.
- See Archaeological Site Etiquette.
- See American Antiquities Act of 1906.
- See Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979.
- See More Rock Art Sites.
All of these photos have been resized and manipulated in Photoshop to give the best representation of the image. Some color distortion is inevitable. If you would like to see higher quality versions of these shots, or if you would like to use these images for any purpose, please contact us and we would be glad to help if we can.
SH001: The smaller of the two images, the one on the right, is about 24 inches tall. Because it has obvious legs, it is possible that is is a Kachina (perhaps of the Sun) or a shaman under the influence of some drug. Both images seem to show the common three concentric circles, which are said to represent the entrance into the underworld, where the Ancestral Puebloans claim to have come from. Otherwise, the two images speak for themselves.
SH002: This is a small site, with only these two impressive images. They have been subject to selfish vandalism, which has almost completely destroyed the image on the left. There are also bullet holes in and near the smaller of the two images. It's a real shame, because we have not seen other petroglyphs quite like these.