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La Cieneguilla

The Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site overlooks a marshy area fed by the Santa Fe River. A gallery of rock art extends along the low cliffs above a jumble of basalt boulders. This is one of many such sites in the Basin, and the only one which has been made accessible to the public by the Bureau of Land Management.

The petroglyphs are similar to ones that may be seen further to the south near the Rio Grande, but these sites are notable for the density of the images and the individualistic realizations of traditional themes. There are a great number of representations of the hunchback flute player, often with several appearing in the same panel.


The Cieneguilla Site is part of the Galisteo Basin Archaeological Protection Area which is managed in partnership with a number of public, private, and non-profit organizations.

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