Ruins & Rock Art: San Fernando Velicatá & Cataviña
San Fernando Velicatá
My next adventure was to check out the ruin of the mission San Fernando Velicatá, with its melting adobe walls.
Nearby is an extensive collection of petroglyphs and pictographs.
The remains of a mission-era aqueduct pass right below the petroglyphs.
Plant life in the area: a red mite running round his white puffball of a gall, gnarly roots, cholla cactus stuck in tire, palm trees
The pictographs of Cataviña are right by Highway 1, and while I've driven past the site perhaps ten times over the years I've never stopped in to see them. I've always been afraid it would be a big production of tourists, guides, and gift shops. Well, this time I finally investigated this rock art.
Desert life at the Cataviña site