Summary: Pictographs and petroglyphs dated up to several thousand years old are located at the base of one of The Chimneys

There is not much documented about the petroglyphs which carved on one of the flat stone surfaces of the southern-most spire at The Chimneys, in Big Bend National Park, despite their relatively easy access. (They are one of a number of ancient rock art within the national park; West Texas, including Big Bend, is said to have more native rock art than anywhere else in the Americas.)

Petroglyphts at The Chimneys (Big Bend National Park)

Two tribes that traveled through the Big Bend area – Apache and Comanche – but most rock-art sites cannot be attributed to any one Indian group, with the drawings thought to have been done or added to by many different individuals. Both pictographs (painted images) and petroglyphs (images carved into rock) decorate the rock, the oldest of which are several thousand years old.

Petroglyphts at The Chimneys (Big Bend National Park)

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Aboriginal Sites by National Park

Over 40 sites have been recorded within the park; many were located along the river bank and were flooded by the building of the weir in 1938.