Fate Bell Rock Shelter Tour

Comstock, Texas

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Prehistoric inhabitants of the Seminole Canyon region apparently had plenty of free time on their hands, because they created some of the most colorful, mysterious, and numerous shelter pictographs on the entire continent. The characteristics of this rock art are so remarkably unique and the practice of painting them spans such a significant stretch of time that they are grouped into styles all of their own, including the Pecos River Style, Red Linear Style, Monochrome Style, and Historical Style. Fate Bell Rock Shelter, one of the oldest cave dwellings in North America, contains some of the oldest known pictographs. A tour of the shelter provides hikers with an opportunity, albeit chaperoned, for a close and thorough examination of some of the best examples.

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"Prehistoric inhabitants of the Seminole Canyon region apparently had plenty of free time on their hands, because they created some of the most colorful, mysterious, and numerous shelter pictographs on the entire continent.

The characteristics of this rock art are so remarkably unique and the practice of painting them spans such a significant stretch of time that they are grouped into styles all of their own, including the Pecos River Style, Red Linear Style, Monochrome Style, and Historical Style. Fate Bell Rock Shelter, one of the oldest cave dwellings in North America, contains some of the oldest known pictographs. A tour of the shelter provides hikers with an opportunity, albeit chaperoned, for a close and thorough examination of some of the best examples."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Comstock
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 1,350 feet
Top Elevation: 1,350 feet
Local Contacts: Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site
Local Maps: USGS Seminole Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Fate Bell Rock Shelter Tour

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May 2018