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

St. John is a good option for those wishing to visit Petroglyphs, because guests staying in this part of the Virgin Islands will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. There is a fair selection of lodgings in the area surrounding Petroglyphs.

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

Located on the southern part of the island of St. John, 3.3 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay, Petroglyphs is part of Virgin Islands National Park, and always welcomes tourists rooming on this part of the island or close by. Whether or not you are staying in the vicinity, you are free to drop by to check it out. It's 2.2 miles 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 are a handful of neighboring alfresco options to enjoy while you and your group are not touring Petroglyphs. Travelers with an interest in showing their proficiency on the green, can do so at the most convenient golfing facility, which is Mahogany Run Public Golf Course. If you aren't a golfer, think about heading over to Reef Bay Beach, which is the closest coastline to visit. Additionally, you will likely run into one or two additional outdoor choices in the community. Visitors will discover a variety of indoor places to visit in the vicinity. Just a short distance away you will find two additional nearby places 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 beforehand to find out 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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