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Desert Sunset Hike in Ironwood National Monument, Arizona

Sunset over Ragged Top Mountain, west of Red Rock, AZ

Hill covered with black-crusted granite 13 miles west of Red Rock AZ is the site of numerous petroglyphsThat's Ragged Top Mountain in Pima County, AZ.  You can get there by taking Sasco Road, a straight ribbon of dirt that passes through some of the most pristine desert you'll ever see.  It starts at Interstate 10's Red Rock exit, just south of another of my favorite places, Picacho Peak.

Desert Bighorn Sheep petroglyph image adorns a rock in Pima County, ArizonaPetroglyphs

Yesterday, I spent four enjoyable afternoon hours climbing the hills surrounding Ragged Top Mountain, searching for ancient petroglyphs to add to my photo collection.

This Bighorn Sheep Image on the right graced a rock on that hill pictured on the left.  I found two other images, one a scorpion, and the other a lizard (below, left.) 

Caution:  The area is very remote, and you'll have to ford the flowing Santa Cruz River to get there.  Don't do this without a four wheel drive vehicle like my Ford Explorer.  The water spashed over the hood!

Lizard image, a petroglyph, on a granite boulder

Ancient Indian Culture

These desert scenes aren't any different that they would have been for the ancient ones who lived here centuries ago, and who created these petroglyph images.

I'm glad to walk in the dust of their footsteps.

 

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EDIT:  Here are some more posts on Petroglyphs in and around Tucson, AZ

saguaro national park west: Tucson's Signal Hill Petroglyphs - 1,000 Year Old Graffiti

saguaro national park west: Unique Architecture: Ez-Kim-In-Zin Picnic Area In Tucson's Saguaro National Park West

saguaro national park west: Ancient Bloggers: More On The Petroglyphs At Saguaro National Park West

saguaro national park west: Tucson Estates II: The Community and the Mountain Views Sold the House! (LOCALISM FEATURED)

Comment balloon 47 commentsMike Jones • December 06 2009 10:49PM
Desert Sunset Hike in Ironwood National Monument, Arizona
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That's Ragged Top Mountain in Pima County, AZ. You can get there by taking Sasco Road, a straight ribbon of dirt that passes through some of the most pristine desert you'll ever see. It starts at Interstate 10's Red Rock exit, just south… more