Fort Pearce Historic Site

dsc_0195-nef_Summary:  Not many Petroglyphs but includes a partially reconstructed Fort Pearce guard post.  Bureau of Land Management Description.

Directions:  12 miles from St. George, Utah off of Warner Valley Road (BLM Map).

The petroglyphs are few at this site but that didn’t stop us from checking them out.  The partially reconstructed Fort Pearce guard post was build during the Black Hawk War.  I will classify it as a War considering the Utes and Navajos were intent on driving the Mormons out and carried out raids between 1865-1870 and Mormons retaliated, sometimes killing the innocent.  Lives were lost on both sides of the conflict.

The petroglyphs are a short walk from the parking area.  You will first come upon one rock with some petroglyphs but if you continue further along somewhat of a trail you will find more on a rock overhang that has also been marked up by Mormons in the area in the late 1800s but after the Black Hawk War.  It was hard to see some of petroglyphs due to some insect activity and mud.  It also appears there may have been some past attempts to imitate some of the petroglyphs.

There is a spring in the area and when we were there a family was swimming in the water that was in the Fort Pearce Wash.  A portion of the dirt road to the site was covered in sand and may be an issue with some cars.  We have a 4-wheel drive so it was not an issue for us and we noticed a Honda Accord had driven to the site while we were there.

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