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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

You may enjoy staying on St. John if you plan on visiting Petroglyphs, as visitors to this area of the Virgin Islands will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site during their visit. Even though this location doesn't see extremely high levels of tourism, you'll nevertheless find a reasonably good selection of hotels to choose from.

Hotels near Petroglyphs
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages Lodge 2.3 mi. (1.4 km) W
Westin Resort, St. John 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, within Virgin Islands National Park, is situated on the island of St. John, 3.3 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay; it's 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.

If you've worked up an appetite exploring the area and checking out this site, you're in luck, as there is an exceptional selection of dining options within traveling distance. T'ree Lizards Restaurant, which offers American meals, is very close-by, making it a great option for patrons here. T'ree Lizards Restaurant is only about a mile and a half away from this landmark, so stop by and enjoy a meal. Also near Petroglyphs you and your party will encounter eateries such as Gwen's and Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis where you and your group should test out Caribbean food and experience the culture of the Virgin Islands.


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.


If you need to know the price of admission, dial up Petroglyphs beforehand to determine how much they charge, or if they do at all.

Contact Information

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


Location: St. John


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