Jeffers Petroglyphs Comfrey
Where is it at?
27160 County Road 2
Where are we going today?
We know history is fascinating, and we see pictures in books of ancient carvings and wonder who was behind them. Well, at Jeffers Petroglyphs you can see them in person!
Hidden among the prairie grasses are patches of fascinating uncovered rock, covered with around 5,000 amazing carvings left by the American Indians. These are known as petroglyphs!
Each drawing and carving has a meaning, with symbols depicting animals and people these American Indians encountered in their lives. There are carvings which depict buffalo, thunderbirds, elk, deer, arrows, and even humans. Their story spans over an incredible 7,000 years!
But why did they do it? Just like us writing a book isn't it? Exactly! These drawings tell a story, from the importance of animals and hunting in their lives, to special events and sacred ceremonies.
The carvings were also used as a way to communicate with other. The site of Jeffers Petroglyphs is actually still considered a sacred site among American Indians today, and they use the site for their prayers. It's an amazing place, and an eye opening experience for kids!
Luckily for the family there are programs for ALL ages too! There are daily programs at 2pm which cover a range of topics, from Prairie Tours, American Indian Games, Winter Count and even Animal Tracks. They even have special events several times a month (usually on Saturdays) where you can experience Starry Night, astronomy, and learning all about Early Hunting Tools.
With 160 acres of prairie and a 1.2 mile prairie trail, you certainly have enough to fill your family day out!
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 (ages 6-17)
- Free Under: 6 years
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Mon - Sat / Noon - 5pm Sun. Sat only in September.
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
It's a great way for kids to experience history. There are basic tours which give them at least 2 hours exploring! There are also several outreach programs they can bring to you! .
They sell a few snack items in the gift shop: Bison jerky, chocolate lollipops and Pop'd Kerns (corn snack) as well as cans of pop/bottled water.
Bottled water can be bought in the gift shop.
Any Top Tips?
Dress for the weather! The site is located on the Red Rock Ridge and can feel hotter (or colder) and windier than elsewhere. Also be prepared for walking. The trail from the building to the carvings is 1/4 of a mile. .
Need a little extra help?
The building, gravel path and boardwalks at the rockface are handicapped accessible. The roped path is not. If a person has difficulty walking, a staff person can provide a golf cart ride to the rockface if available. There are a few benches along the prairie trail, at the boardwalks and at the deck (with a little shade). .
Baby changing tables are available in the restrooms. .
Can I get one of those?
The gift shop has dream catchers, jewelry, t-shirts/sweatshirts, spears, books, sage/sweetgrass, walking sticks - so bring your pennies! .
Sorry - dogs are not allowed on the trails or on the rockface. They can be tied up in the picnic area or in the parking lot and have a great time there! .