Near Blythe in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Giant Desert Figures
Times of origin and meaning of these giant figures, the largest 167 feet long, smallest 95 feet, remains a mystery. There are three figures, two of animals and a coiled serpent, and some interesting lines.
Archaeologists cannot be certain how old the geoglyphs are, since dating techniques have not been developed to date these type of features. According to Native Americal
Many questions still arise after observing these figures on the ground. What do they represent? Why were they put here? Who created them? When were they done? What do you think?
Original photos revealed a circular path that measured 131.2 feet in diameter enclosing the upper half of the figure, crossing the middle of the legs. All that remains of the circular path is the section that is enclosed by the fence.
Was the figure created to pay respect to the Creator?
Is this a figure of the Creator?
The animal figure is oriented northwest-southwest with its head pointing toward the northwest. It measures 54.1 feet from head to tail and its body is 7.5 fee wide. Its legs measure 26.2 feet long and at the end of each leg is a small half circle, interpreted to possibly represent a paw or a hoof.
Below the animal figure is an elabotate spiral figure. It measures 23.0 feet in length and is oriented northwest-southwest and has a maximm width of 8.8 feet.
Is the mountain lion battling a snake?
Cultural Resources are protected under the 1906 Antiquities Act and the 1979 Archaeological Resources Protection Act.
Erected by Department of Public Works - Division of Highways. (Marker Number 101.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Arts, Letters, Music • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
Location. 33° 47.999′ N, 114° 31.654′ W. Marker is near Blythe, California, in Riverside County. Marker is on State Highway 95 at milepost 15.3, on the right when traveling north. The intaglios are located approximately 2,000 feet west of the marker directly north of the dirt access road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blythe CA 92225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blythe Intake (approx. 4.8 miles away); Palo Verde Irrigation District Diversion Dam (approx. 4.8 miles away); In Memory of Hualapai Ancestors (approx. 9 miles away in Arizona); Desert Strike (approx. 9.1 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. Ehrenberg Cemetery (approx. 13˝ miles away in Arizona); Poston Memorial Monument (approx. 14.9 miles away in Arizona); 390th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 16.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blythe.
Regarding Giant Desert Figures. Sandstone pebbles glazed on one side with "desert varnish," strewn over the surface of the mesa, have been moved away, leaving the earth forming the figures; the pebbles were placed in windrows about the edge as an outline. SOURCE: California Historical Landmarks, California State Parks
Editors note: Intaglios are clearly visible on googlemaps satellite view.
Also see . . . Intaglios - Geoglyphs in the Desert. From the ground, these figures are nearly unnoticable, as can be seen in the photos. From the air, they are clearly obvious. (Submitted on January 2, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,329 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on December 28, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.