The morning after our outlaw ride, we travel back in time, down Horseshoe Canyon, through which Barrier Creek flows. The 3000 year old pictographs found in the canyon represent a unique style. Archeologists called this Barrier style because of the expansive panels of rock art found along this creek.
Here's a view looking into the canyon from a Phillips Petroleum Company road built in the 1920's. The "road" on the east side of the canyon is washed out in places and is now only passable on foot or horseback.
Golden cottonwood leaves are in their glory.
Imagine living in this canyon in 1000 B.C. . There is year round supply of water in the canyon, even today. Hunting must have been good around these clear pools. The women and children would have harvested Indian rice grass seeds, sunflower seeds, and berries.
This panel of rock art is known as The Great Gallery. Some of the figures appear to be battling each other, so perhaps the era was not entirely peaceful.
The above photo provides size perspective.
Did these ancient people celebrate Halloween? I see at least one spooky figure.
Here's another panel of pictographs. No doubt a careful observer would find much more rock art in this canyon.
Who are these desperadoes? They appear to be on the run. (Actually, Mischief got bored with photography and wandered off toward the water hole. I had to go fetch him.)