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6/30/16 Wees Bar, ID (12 miles) - Cross the Snake River from the Swan Falls Dam and hike the west side of river for six miles north. The view of gorge is everywhere beautiful. There are few black rounded rocks that petroglyphs are on.
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6/29/16 Swan Falls Dam, ID - The dam is located at the bottom of the gorge and view of gorge is incredible. A good thing is we can walk on the dam to cross the Snake River. The attraction of this area is boating, fishing, camping and hiking.
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6/24/2016 Map Rock, ID - This is my first time to visit petroglyphs site in Idaho. I found three boulders in two locations. It is located by the Map Rock Road near the Snake River little north from the highway #45. The Snake River view is beautiful.
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6/28/16 Hagerman Fossil Bed National Monument, ID - When valiable fossil was discovered, the Smithonian stuff came and excavated, and took all they found. A means this place doesn’t have original items, and no plan to excavating again because area to excavat is steep and unsafe place.
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6/27/2016 Minidoka National Historical Site, ID - It is Japanese War Relocation Center Camp. 13,000 Japanese/Japanese American from Washigton, Oregon and Alaska with only 6 days notice to get here with only they can carry, all other items were they lost and stayed here for three years, 1942-45.
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6/27/16 Cauldron Linn, ID - The name does’t imply to me, and I didn’t know what I was getting. It is beautiful waterfalls, very calm water on the river in the gorge suddenly changes aggressive waterfalls in short distance. The gorge view is worth to come here.
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6/26/2016 Castle Rock State Park, ID - There is pictographs, but quality was awful, even picture desn’t show up on the photos. They should withdraw to inform the pictoglyphs there. This place is continuation of the City of Rock, light gray rocks all over in the park.
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6/26/2016 City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho (6 miles) - This is rock climber’s paradice, booked up all campground by the road on weekend. Light gray color rocks is the rock color of this City of Rocks and best view is near the Window Arch area.
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6/25/2016 Lucinut, UT - Develop the Lucin pond for the railroad use, piped from the Pilot Mountain range and got water to the pond. People use to live there but all moved out, and pond is drying out. This is the near the Sun Tunnels.
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6/24-25/2016 Sun Tunnels, UT - There are 4 tunnels and same direction for 2 each. I was lucky to be there near the Summer Solstice because sun light go through the tunnels in the center, magical. I spend couple days to see the sunset and sunrise, sunset uses a pair of tunnels and sunrise used other pair of tunnels.
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6/24/2016 Ogden Waterfalls, UT - I was looking for the Ogden River Hot Springs that located road side river, but can’t find it, instead of I found this beautiful Ogden Waterfalls. It is located MM9 of highway #39 road side, can't miss it, but not easy to park, parking lot is small and trafic is fast, but enjoy beautiful falls.
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6/24/2016 Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT - They just celebrated 100 years of Utah State anniversary. It is 46th state of US. Use beautiful and gorgeous white gray color marble stone for entire capitol. I enjoyed self-guided tour for inside the capitol.
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6/24/2016 This is the Place, Salt Lake City, UT - 174 Mormon people originally traveling to finding place to stay, and Brigham Young decided "This is the Place" to settle and made town. Follow about 250,000 people came here and became Utah state later. It is a nice place and understand why Brigham Young selected this place.
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6/24/2016 Donuts Falls, UT (1.6 miles) - Near the Donuts Falls, need to cross the creek to see better view of falls, there are lot of water run in the creek, but a group of people helped me out to safely cross it. The donuts shape made by falls, someone call it cave and people actually climb up the rocks to go there.
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6/23/2016 Homestead Creater, Midway, UT - 55ft high 400 ft diameter at the base calcite dome open 7/12/96, constructed 110ft tunnel to access to the inner dome that only man-made, all others are natural made. Warm water springs, 90°F and scuba diving, snorkel and swimming are popular here.
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6/23/2016 Bridal Veil Falls, UT - The beautiful falls are located impressive north side of the mountain. Mainly the falls are, upper and middle large falls, and lower side is water run down. Some people are hike up to the below the middle falls.
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6/22/2016 Diamond Fork Hot Springs, UT (5.2 miles) - The trail is by the river all the way, I saw many small water falls along the way. There are many hot springs pools below the large waterfalls, but someone mentioned there are some more above the falls too. It is popular place and nice hot springs to soak in.
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6/22/2016 Red Ledges, UT - This place was unexpected, when driving the road, suddenly beautiful red rocks area appeared. Hiking around or just setting to see beautiful red rocks or watch rock climbers, either way we can enjoy in this place.
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6/20-21/2016 Nine Mile Canyon, UT - This is my 2nd time to explore here. It is actually 46 miles long canyon and world’s longest art gallery, abundance of rock art in entire canyon. I found more petroglyphs and pictographs than the 1st time. I wanted to see the Owl Panel, and I am glad to find it.
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6/20/2016 Prehistoric Museum, Price, UT - This museum offers two distinct areas, Archaeology and Paleontology. There are few large size animal skeletons displayed that get visitors attention. The observation labs that we can see what workers/professionals are doing and very interested to watch them.
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6/19/16 Coke Oven, East Carbon, UT - I never see so many coke ovens in one place before. I didn’t count but if 100 coke ovens in row, there are three rows, which means total 300 coke ovens in this place that a lot. However each oven is not so big in size.
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6/19/16 Lower Gray Canyon, Green River, UT - Beautiful scenic area by the Green River, where massive water is running the Green River. There is petroglyphs at the end of the road, but I quit driving about 5 miles before, I am not good for rough dirt road to drive. Oh well...next time.
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6/19/2016 Sego Canyon RA, UT - I was not plan to come here, it is my second time, but I was go through highway to the Three Canyon RA site, just stop by to see old friends. Nothing changed to last time I saw it. All three panels are still beautiful.
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6/18/2016 Three Canyons Rock Art, UT - Rock art is located intersection of three canyons, East Canyon, Middle Canyon and Hay Canyon. There are nice petroglyphs and pictographs, only bad thing is all located in the private property, and no tress passing signs are all over.
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6/18/2016 Sinbad Area, UT - I have visited the Lone Warrier Rockart Panel, Swansey Cabin, Head of Sinbad and Temple Wash Pictographs. All rock art sites are protected well with fence but seems to over protected, a means fence is too long. Swansey Cabin area is nice yellow rock formation surrounding it.
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6/16/16 Cane Wash, UT (7.4 miles) - This is the amazing view hike, the trail was beside of the San Rafael River and below The Wedge. I finally found the pictographs that I was looking for under the alcove. The river and rock cliff walls, those are gorgeous setting.
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6/15/2016 Petroglyphs Canyon, UT - I hiked up to the wrong canyon and came back that was bushwalking. Next I saw nice double arch canyon, it was beautiful arches that was wrong canyon also. Third try was right canyon, but not many petroglyphs there.
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6/15/16 Black Dragon Slick Rock Hike, UT (2.7 miles) - I tried to hike up to the high point of the Black Dragon Slick Rock area, but when got higher point, there is another one front of me that repeat three times, and I quit because I don't know the exact location of HP. The view from this hike is very nice.
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6/15/16 Black Dragon Panel, UT - It is located impressive Black Wash, tall and large cliff walls. There are two panels, one has large red figures that include the Black Dragons, and one has many small figures. Sad thing was graffiti, destroyed original figures.
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6/14/2016 Moore Cutoff Road, UT - I found this place when I was driving on the Moore Cutoff Road. This place very much like the Goblin Valley, but no name for this place. It is beautiful red rock formation all over.
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6/14/16 Rochester Panel, UT - This is my 2nd time to visit, looking for the 4ft height red man petroglyphs that I got an information from the Forest Service office, I couldn’t find it. Surprisingly I met Keiko and Ken near the panel, they are vising few rock art sites around this area.
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6/13/16 Joe’s Valley Reservoir, UT - Today was cold side weather, befor it was too hot in Utah. This is the largest reservoir around here, so that I have visited. The road to get to the reservoir highway #29 near the reservoir roadside cliff formation is just gorgeous.
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6/12/16 Dinosaur Quarry, UT (1.5 miles) - It is called the Cleverland-Lloyd Dinasaur Quarry officially. It is still excavating and not fully developped yet. There is the Rock Walk trail, only 1.5 miles but under the 95°F with no shade was not fun hike.
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6/12/2016 San Rafael Swell Roadside Panel, UT - This place is not far from the Buckhorn Wash Panel, little northwest. There are two separate panels in this place, one is large panel and has many petroglyphs within and other one is smaller and few deers within.
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6/12/16 San Rafael Swell, UT - Drive on the San Rafael Swell Road was just like drive on the bottom of the Grand Canyon, little smaller scale, it is beautiful both sides of the road to see the rock cliff formations to drive through.
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6/12/2016 Buckhorn Wash Panel, UT - It is located roadside of the San Rafael Swell Road. Those pictographs are red color and some pictographs are large in size. I saw some petroglyphs but fade out and can not take photos.
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6/11/16 The Wedge, UT - From this overlook point, we can see the Little Grand Canyon, just like the Grand Canyon overlook but smaller scale and gorgeours view. The dirt road to get here from the Castle Dale is very good condition.
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6/11/2016 Millsite Reservoir, Ferron, UT - It is small size of the reservoir but beautiful mountain side reservoir. There is a Utah state park by it called Millersite State Park.
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6/10/2016 Molen Reef Panel, UT - I found only three borders that petroglyphs are on by the parking lot but no sign, there are maybe some more. It is located road side of the Dry Wash Road not far from the area called Moore.
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6/9/2016 Sunglow Campground, Fishlake, UT - When I saw this place from the far distance, it is beautiful red color rocks all over, I was determined to stay overnight here at beautiful campground. Not only red color rocks, there are pink rocks and other color rocks too. People were getting more and more sooner camp site was full.
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6/9/2016 Fish Creek Pictographs, UT (0.6 miles) - Large red color headless deer/bighorn and more pictographs on the huge rock wall. Surronding this area is amazingly beautiful rock formation similar to the Zion NP, and saw few residential houses.
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6/9/2016 100 Hands Pictographs, Escalante River, UT (1 mile) - 100 Hands Pictographs are located way high up on the cliff wall, I still don’t know how to get there. Where the Hunter Panel is much lower but still high on the wall, however Bighorn Panel is more like few feets from the ground.
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6/8/2016 Spooky Gulch, GSENM, UT (6.3 miles) - There is no sign and don't know where is the Spooky Gulch and I spend time to find it. This gulch/canyon, getting narrower and narrower, sooner walk sideway without backpack, carrying 15lb backpack by hand in narrow canyon was not ideal. Next time I should to bring just water and camera.
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6/7/2016 Devil’s Garden, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, UT (1 mile) - This is my second time here, at this time I spend some more time to walk around in the park, it is not large park, one mile is enough to see all.
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6/7/2016 Red Canyon, UT - It is located on the way to go to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, I have stop by to take some brilliant red color rocks photos. There are two man-made tunnels that were fun to go through.
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6/6/2016 Toquerville Falls, UT (4.1 miles) - One spot of the dirt road that too taugh to me to drive through, so that started to hiking, sooner someone gave me a ride, they take photos of new swiming wear by the falls. The Toquerville Falls are beautiful falls just like I expected and perfect place to shoot swiming wear photos.
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6/6/2016 Quail Creek, UT (4.1 miles) - It was my first time to see Quail Creek Reservoir from east side, the reservoir with beautiful mountain rainge background. The petroglyphs are located bottom of the second dam and couple hundreds feet north. Many petroglyphs are on the rocks of the ground level.
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5/25/2016 Essence of Tranquility, Swift Trail Junction, AZ - This natural mineral hot springs is located not far from the highway #366 and #191 intersection. It was so worth to soak in after the long Mt Graham hike. They have six different figured tubs and very nice mineral hot water is running, cost $8/hr.
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5/25/2016 Plain Valley Peak, AZ - This is a bonus peak for today. I tried twice for this peak, 1st I went wrong place and came back, 2nd try that was successful. Mountain fire was not too long aga, many dead trees are down on the ground and not easy to hike around, but view was not bad at all especially the Mt Graham.
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5/25/2016 Mt Graham, AZ (10.8 miles for today’s total) - This is one of the AZ P2K, and elevation is 10,720 ft. According to a ranger, the Mt Graham is closed for public to protect rare species of squirrel for last 15 years and still closed. I saw the gate was closed but no sign of indication about it. I was there so I decided to hike up, I was lucky I didn't get caught.
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5/24/2016 Guthrie Peak, AZ (6.5 miles) - This is one of the AZ P2K, and elevation is 6,571 ft. I have hiked on the road to the peak from the open gate, the road condition is pretty good. There are many towers atop of the peak, few towers are just like old TV antennas.
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5/23/2016 Pony Hill, NM - This petroglyphs site is located between the Cookes Peak and town of Deming that southeast of New Mexico. There are quite a number of petroglyphs in two separate areas. Some of are more modern figure than others.
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5/20/2016 Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, AZ - This was actual prison before and a total of 3,069 prisoners lived, currently it is a museum. From the guard tower, we can see not only overlooked the prison, we can see the Colorado River, Yuma Crossing, Ocean-to-Ocean highway bridge, Prison Cemetery and Yuma Wetlands.
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5/20/2016 Quatermaster Depot State Historical Park, Yuma, AZ - It was use to the army supply store station, now a museum. It is located by the river crossing that a man-made canal crossing under the Colorado River for irrigation and drink water. Colorado River water is unpredictable sometimes too much sometimes drought, but water from the dam is stable.
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5/20/2016 Center of the World, Fricity, CA - No scientific explanation of how to determined the center of the world, maybe not necessary, it is created by a rich French man and he became a mayor of his created city. There is a pyramid, granite walls, Church and more. Visit to the site between Thanksgiving and Easter, otherwise self tour only.
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5/20/2016 Imperial Sand Dune, CA - It is large sand dune that mile after miles of continuation of beige color sand dune. It is popular place for the ATVer to enjoy drive up/down the dune. I saw a man-made canal that runs in the middle of the sand dune.
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5/19/2016 Texas Hill, AZ - I was looking for the petroglyphs and found only couple, I was disappointed. Just before leaving there, a field worker came and showed me where to find it, that was unexpected and lucky to find some more. The petroglyphs site is not the Texas Hill self, by the tiny hill.
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5/17/2016 Ski Valley, AZ - The top of the this ski area is located between the Radio Ridge and Pusch Ridge Wildness HP. I don’t ski more than 15 years now but I was ski instructor and ski patrol, I love skiing and I miss it. I couldn’t do it because bunions.
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5/17/2016 Pusch Ridge Wildness High Point, AZ - This is another bonus peak for me. It is another towers on the top peak near the Radio Ridge. Since trees are gone by the mountain fire, view is nice faraway view.
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5/17/2016 Radio Ridge, AZ - A worker at the observatory gave me wrong direction, so that photos include not only the Radio Ridge. This is my bonus peak today and not far from the Mt Lemmon, and towers are seems to barely survived from a month of the 2003 mountain fire. 1st photo - a house on the rock is the Mt Lemmon fire observation house.
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5/17/2016 Mt Lemmon, AZ - We can drive on the scenic Catelina Highway all way up to the near peak. On the peak, Mt Lemmon Observatory, privately owned and not open for the public. A worker in the observatory told me to go around the fence to the peak, sooner fence is down and no more fence and can walkin to the observatory proprety.
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5/14/2016 Supernova Petroglyphs, Agua Fria National Monument, AZ (8.8 miles) - I tried before on 4/16/16 and couldn’t find it, at this time I did some homeworks and finally find it. Some petroglyphs are record of Supernova that happened year of 1054. Use to there are many petroglyphs around here but fade out and disappearing.
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5/11/2016 Bisbee, AZ - It is located southeast of AZ not far from Mexico and it was mining booming town and largest town in AZ at one time. It is one of the hippiest towns in AZ. Many houses are side of the mountains, some of are high up and long stairs are everywhere, obesity may not exit in this town. I was expected lot of graffiti art, but only one area.
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5/11/2016 World’s Largest Rosebush, Tombstone, AZ - It is not rosebush, it is a rose tree, its bloom during March, white flowers all over. It is White Lady Banksia Rose tree that planted 1885, 131 years old now, its covered 8,000 sqft, and still growing, it may last least couple hundreds more years.
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5/9/2016 Little Mt Ord, AZ - This is the mountain near by Mt Ord, direct distance from Mt Ord to Little Mt Ord is less than a mile, but I don't want to bushwhacking, so I took long way, and hiked just below the Mt Ord. The view is nice, highway #87 is very closer view, and very nice west side of mountain range view, a helicopter is flying 1st row right most photo.
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6/9/2016 100 Hands Pictographs, Escalante River, UT (1 mile) - 100 Hands Pictographs are located way high up on the cliff wall, I still don’t know how to get there. Where the Hunter Panel is much lower but still high on the wall, however Bighorn Panel is more like few feets from the ground.
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6/8/2016 Spooky Gulch, GSENM, UT (6.3 miles) - There is no sign and don't know where is the Spooky Gulch and I spend time to find it. This gulch/canyon, getting narrower and narrower, sooner walk sideway without backpack, carrying 15lb backpack by hand in narrow canyon was not ideal. Next time I should to bring just water and camera.
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6/7/2016 Devil’s Garden, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, UT (1 mile) - This is my second time here, at this time I spend some more time to walk around in the park, it is not large park, one mile is enough to see all.
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6/7/2016 Red Canyon, UT - It is located on the way to go to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, I have stop by to take some brilliant red color rocks photos. There are two man-made tunnels that were fun to go through.
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6/6/2016 Toquerville Falls, UT (4.1 miles) - One spot of the dirt road that too taugh to me to drive through, so that started to hiking, sooner someone gave me a ride, they take photos of new swiming wear by the falls. The Toquerville Falls are beautiful falls just like I expected and perfect place to shoot swiming wear photos.
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6/6/2016 Quail Creek, UT (4.1 miles) - It was my first time to see Quail Creek Reservoir from east side, the reservoir with beautiful mountain rainge background. The petroglyphs are located bottom of the second dam and couple hundreds feet north. Many petroglyphs are on the rocks of the ground level.
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