KNOW BE­FORE YOU GO: MESA PRI­ETA PET­RO­GLYPH PROJECT

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THE ma­jor­ity of the valu­able pre­his­toric and his­toric glyphs are on pri­vate prop­erty and some im­por­tant pet­ro­glyph sites have been mined for riprap. The threat of ru­ina­tion from min­ing con­tin­ues, as does de­struc­tion from off-road ve­hi­cles driven on U.S. Bureau of Land Man­age­ment land on the mesa. For­tu­nately, graf­fiti has not been a big prob­lem. “The site is very lucky be­cause for the most part it’s been left alone,” project founder Kather­ine Wells said. “Most of the lo­cal peo­ple are His­panos and their his­tory is here, big time. What I like to say is that ev­ery­body’s his­tory is on the rocks.”

If you want to ex­pe­ri­ence the pre­serve, the Mesa Pri­eta Pet­ro­glyph Project of­fers a va­ri­ety of do­cent-led tours of about two hours. Pri­vate and group tours are avail­able for $35 to $200, while pre-ar­ranged, do­cen­tled tours for school groups and Na­tive Amer­i­cans are avail­able at no charge. The mesa holds the largest col­lec­tion of an­i­mal flute play­ers known to ex­ist, and th­ese im­ages are the fo­cus of the five-hour 2018 Flute Player Tour ($185), which in­cludes lunch, live mu­sic, and a silent auc­tion on Sun­day, Oct. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see mesa­pri­etapet­ro­glyphs.org or call 505-852-1351. — P.W.

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