Imagine stepping into a world where you travel down the river by boat, at the mercy of currents and rapids, where the only light at night is by fire and leaving written communication required hours of complex chiseling of pictures. That’s what we stumbled upon when we went out in search of Buffalo Eddy, a historical site of special significance for the Nez Pearce tribe.
Buffalo Eddy is about 15 miles outside of Asotin, Washington, a small town along the Snake River. After winding down the long and curvy Snake River Road past countless beaches, rock quarries and turn outs where locals like to play in the river during the summertime, we were there.
A humble parking lot is parked only by a sign that marks a nearby Historical Site. The best way to recognize you’ve reached Buffalo Eddy is to look for the large jumbles of rocks that jut out of the river from both sides.
A short and lightly beaten path led us along the river and toward the jumbles of rocks. The fun of visiting Buffalo Eddy is the rock carvings aren’t obvious; you have to search to see them. The excitement was high as we scanned the rocks and walls around us for a remnant of the past.
The first carving was of a majestic antelope. I was amazed and moved that this was carved nearly 6,000 years ago. The carvings are along both the Idaho and Washington side of Snake River, but only the Washington shoreline is available to visit.
Once closer to the large rock clusters, we saw a perfect little beach with idyllic blue water. Around it were countless carvings, each more intricate than the last.
Jake posed with a carving that looked a lot like Kokopelli, the fertility god from Southwestern tribes.
The similarities between ancient peoples always fascinate me and I’m amazed that they would have such similar characters. P.S. if you want to get Jake’s “Buffalo Eddy style” from Freestyle Xtreme check it out here.
The most intricate carving was of a circle with concentric circles inside. The level of complexity and precision was amazing.
Have you ever visited Buffalo Eddy or another site with ancient petroglyphs?
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Photos: Elizabeth Adan and Jake Frazier
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4 thoughts on “Petroglyphs at Buffalo Eddy: Along the Snake River near Asotin, Washington”
Sorry to say the one that looks like kokopelli is probably modern graffiti. We were just there and thought it looked out of place compared to the other petroglyphs, and a closer look verified our suspicions — the exposed rock from the chiseling has no patina.
It is a very amazing place regardless.
Bummer, you’re probably right. Still a great place to visit-thanks for reading! =]
There is a Petroglyphs Park a couple hours from my home but I’ve never seen it. Must go and blog about it.
I would love to see pictures of the one by your house! Petroglyphs are so cool.