Magazine article Sunset

Rock Art Ranch

Magazine article Sunset

Rock Art Ranch

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BEAUTIFUL MYSTERIES

ON THE WAY TO ROCK ART RANCH, the rental car sends a rooster tail of red dust into the sky southeast of Winslow. Past the main gate, owner Brantley Baird and his dog, Brandy, wait in a Chevy pickup parked near impressive slabs of petrified wood. Still lean and rangy in his 70s, Baird is every inch the Arizona cowboy. After a lifetime here, he knows his land's secrets and will share them with people interested enough to drive down the backroads to his ranch. First, Baird leads the way to unexcavated Native American pithouses, where pottery shards lay out in the open. In one spot, he shows off a primitive map, pecked into a flat rock probably centuries ago, that depicts local water sources. But the highlight is the petroglyph canyon that gives the ranch its name. For several hundred yards, the rock art covers the cliffs on both sides of Chevelon Canyon. …

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