Saturday, April 2, 2016
Little Black Mountain Petroglyphs
A drive of about 4.5 miles along a rough dirt road is necessary to get to the petroglyph site but it’s worth the journey. The BLM website recommends high clearance vehicles. We saw passenger cars that made it there okay however there were some spots that could cause damage to a car’s undercarriage. It should not be attempted with a large RV or trailer.
The site has over 500 petroglyphs and some of them are at least 6,000 years old. The site may have been a religious or spiritual gathering spot because there aren’t any grinding holes or other signs that people stayed for long periods of time. Natural erosion has created very cool rock formations.
We were pleased to find that the 1/2 mile gravel and dirt trail to some of the best petroglyphs is fairly accessible. It has a slight uphill grade so wheelchair users may need to have some help.
The surrounding area is BLM land so we looked for spot that showed prior usage and boondocked just a short distance from the petroglyph site. If you have a large RV boondocking is available near the beginning of the road to the site. Most of this land is state trust land and a permit is required. These are now available online for $15.00. The permit is good for a year and allows access to all Arizona state trust lands for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, picnics, photography, bird watching, sightseeing and other activities. Camping is limited to 14 days per year.
The site is in Arizona but the only way to get there is from St. George, Utah.
Petroglyphs 36.98277, -113.50309 Boondocking 36.97993, -113.5035