Petroglyphs

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Believed to be between six hundred and seven hundred years old, these etching were carved into the rock wall probably by the Taino Indians who inhabited the island before the European Conquests. Today they are just one set of etchings that have been found several other Taino Islands; including Cuba, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico.

What to Expect

With interesting views and presentations, guests to the site will have the opportunity to learn quite a bit of the old culture. Be sure to take the opportunity to ask any questions that you have to park staff to gain the most out of the experience.

The petroglyphs are clearly visible just above the waterline in the spring, and since the water level generally does not change, it is very likely you will be able to see all the carvings no matter the season or weather. While you are here, be sure to keep an eye out for more than just carvings, as the area is home to many insects, small mammals, and bats.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit Petroglyphs may choose to book their trip on St. John, since those staying in this region of the Virgin Islands will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site during their time there. There is a reasonably varied selection of lodgings around the neighborhood around this historical site.

Hotels near Petroglyphs
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages Lodge 2.3 mi. (1.4 km) W
The Westin St. John Resort Resort 2.8 mi. (1.1 km) W
Caneel Bay Resort Resort 2.8 mi. (1.4 km) W
St. John Inn Hotel 3.1 mi. (0.2 km) W

Location and What's Nearby

Petroglyphs, found within Virgin Islands National Park, is found on the island of St. John, 3.3 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay; it is 2.2 miles to the west-southwest of Coral Bay.

If you want to reach the petroglyphs, you will need to venture into the National Park, down several trails. Be sure to stop by the Visitor's Center to learn of any trail closures and to get the latest maps.

There is a modest selection nearby open air activities to pursue during down time, when you and your group are not touring Petroglyphs. Historic site visitors who would also like to work on their golf game can do so at the nearest course, Mahogany Run Public Golf Course. Sunny days can also be spent at Reef Bay Beach, the most close-by beach. Although there isn't a huge selection, a couple other equally enjoyable opportunities in the sun can be reached from Petroglyphs. Guests will discover a fair number of other local attractions in this general vicinity. Not far away are two more interesting sites nearby you may want to check out--Petroglyph Pool Waterfall and Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins.

Information

Operating Hours

The National Park is open all day and does not close at night; though beware that trails are much harder to see at night, and you may run into spiders and other nocturnal animals.

Payment

If you need to know the price of admission, you should call Petroglyphs before your visit to determine how much, or if they charge.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (340) 776-6201 ext. 238

Location: St. John

Website: http://www.nps.gov/viis/index.htm

 

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