A collection of indigenous Native American petroglyphs (rock carvings) is displayed in the Horsethief Lake Unit of Columbia Hills State Park, along a paved trail meant for easy public viewing. These petroglyphs were removed by the Corps of Engineers from the Petroglyph Canyon area, less than a mile away, before the area was flooded behind The Dalles dam. They were actually stored out of public sight at the dam for many years until the local tribes brokered a deal to put them on display at this location.
A large number of indigenous Native American pictoglyphs (rock paintings) can also be seen on regularly conducted guided tours in the same area of the park. The tours highlight several stunning and culturally significant pictographs, including the iconic “Tsagaglalal” (She-Who-Watches). Unfortunately the pictograph area can only be visited on guided tours because of isolated instances of vandalism and abuse by visitors, including one unthinking visitor attempting to take rubbings of these painted features.
Open a descriptive brochure about the petroglyphs and pictographs area, or explore these other resource links to learn more about the area: