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Sears Point Petroglyph SitesSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
Hansenaz
Hiking4.50 Miles
Hiking4.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.13 mph
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I'd only been to the lower Gila once before, guided by Mike and Ali. I was impressed with the setting and all the petroglyphs left by the people who lived along the formerly flowing river. So a trip to Sears Point today seemed like a good idea.

The description and triplogs on HAZ provide excellent information. I'd describe this as a semi-public petroglyph site: it's on BLM land with an informational kiosk, but the Sears Point BLM website no longer exists and there are no signs directing you. It's an obscure and rough 7-8 mile dirt/sand road through the desert to get there but was no problem for my Subaru. The road's really not that bad though it's pinched in a couple places by wash-outs. The sign-in book at the last parking area showed about a dozen parties have been there so far this year.

The great petroglyph panels start right above the parking area and continue along the cliff band overlooking the river. There are petroglyphs everywhere.

I had planned to not spend too much time at the main popular area and instead to walk to more distant buttes to see what was there. Unfortunately I had to replace batteries in my Garmin and my saved route disappeared! Can't understand the gremlins in that machine...a check when I got home showed the route was still in memory. Didn't matter much - I pretty much walked the planned route anyway.

The glyph quality/density dropped off as I continued along but there were still plenty of them. There was also an impressive number of interesting inscriptions left by 19th century migrants heading west. At one point I recognized a glyph as one I'd seen on my previous trip to the lower Gila - I hadn't realized I was close to that area. Anyway that was a good place to turn around and loop back. I enjoyed following the old trails (many of them supposedly dating back 1000 yrs) back and passed a couple ancient stone circles.

Impressive place! I'll be back...
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