In August we traveled to Sanilac to view Michigan’s only known Native American petroglyphs.
These rock carvings were discovered after forest fires swept Michigan’s thumb in the late 1800s.
An antlered animal.
Can you see the archer?
Many of the sandstone carvings are faint after years of erosion and trampling from careless visitors. Michigan’s DNR erected a pavilion and posted barrier ropes to slow the weathering process. Furthermore, a padlocked fence now prevents visitors from viewing the site outside of specified hours.
When we visited, two DNR attendants sat listening to the radio just a few feet from the petroglyphs. I was disappointed. So odd to hear pop music being broadcast while we viewed ancient carvings.
If you’re interested in visiting the petroglyphs, please be aware that the Michigan DNR allows visitors during only specified hours as listed on their Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park webpage.
Stay tuned for pics from the rest of our August day trip.
(Hint: there’s a Great Lake involved).