In the American Southwest, some of the most popular and visited archaeological sites are those with rock images. At Walnut Canyon National Monument, archaeological sites containing rock imagery are a small sub-set of all archaeological sites in the Monument and archeological sites are one of many types of interrelated and protected resources. Wildlife and their various habitats (Mexican spotted owls for example), springs and seeps and rare plants are examples of other sensitive and protected resources. Areas away from the Monument’s trails and visitor center – known as the backcountry – have been left undeveloped and closed to visitors for decades to allow protection and preservation of resources.
This website is designed to provide the closest possible experience to actually visiting the sites, using 3D models and 360-degree panoramas. Additional visualization techniques displayed on this site will actually reveal details that cannot be seen even in person.