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Members of the Payson Packers chattered back and forth in a delirium of discovery over the intricate designs on the petroglyphs strewn randomly throughout the hills near Rye Creek. Experts often date petroglyphs using the “desert varnish” accumulation on the drawings themselves.

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Petroglyph HUNT

Ancient inhabitants leave their mark on chiseled stones

I gingerly stepped over a tiny cholla cactus only to land on scraggly cat claw hidden by the dried grass. The hooked thorns dug into the side of my foot, but I decided I could deal with it later — more important to keep up with the group.

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