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            The sites which follow are a small list.  There are also others which are well managed, and we hope to be adding more if and when management methods improve for sites on private lands and funding is found to support public visits. 

            Which of these sites do you think should remain on a list of best sites to visit?  What criteria are you using to evaluate them?  Which should be dropped?  Which others should be added?  Please let us know at [...]

 

            The criteria for saying that a rock art site on private land is well managed must of course be somewhat different from the criteria for publicly owned sites.  Often, it is simply that the site has been kept free from vandalism and destruction, perhaps by keeping all potential trespassers away, and such sites we do not want to list here if they are not already known to the public.  We may list one or two which may never permit public visits, simply to note that there are cases where private landowners have taken very good care of them, and where public agencies now ensure their protection, as examples to encourage landowners that there are a range of appropriate options.
            In  other cases the private landowners may have invited researchers, or may guide people at a site under strict supervision.

 

Montana

 

Bear Gulch                                                                 http://www.beargulch.net/

            Beautiful small valley with small-size pictographs, over 750 shields and shield-warriors.  Not easy to see the rock art from a distance.

            People can make reservations for tours guided by the landowner.

            Rock art researchers have been invited and have worked there for some time.

            This site is listed with the permission of the landowner..

 
Sites which are not open for visits from the public --

as examples of what is sometimes the best choice in management

 

Utah

 

Range Creek

            Maintained free of intruders by the owners for many years, until in 2006 (?) the surface land rights were transferred to public institutions which now have the responsibility of protecting it.  Not yet (if ever) managed to permit visits.

 



Additional privately owned sites which should be added to this list, where the owner has made substantial efforts to protect the rock art and to get specialists to record and analyze it and the archaeology?

Please let us know at [...]

 

Again, should some on this list be deleted, some kept, and others added?  Which, and by what criteria? To be meaningful, this web page can list significant privately owned sites that are open to public access.