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This is the main cave which is visited on the main walking tour.
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Seminole Canyon State Park

Park is about an hour's drive from Del Rio northwest on Highway 90.
Park is open 8:00-10:00. Visitor center is open 8:00-4:30. Tour hours vary.
432-292-4464 3 hours
January 2009 Winter
$0-9 Comstock Texas
Website Nature State Parks
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Seminole Canyon State Park is 2,172 acres and is located in south Texas near Mexico. It was established in 1980 to protect outstanding examples of ancient cave art. The park also offers hiking, camping and mountain biking in a natural desert setting.

Historically Seminole Canyon had been visited by nomadic and semi-nomadic people for thousands of years. The park’s pictographs date from around 4,000 years ago when desert conditions prevailed. Little is known of these nomadic groups but they have left some clues about their culture in cave and shelter art, such as at Seminole Canyon. It is believed that shamans or priests drew the paintings on the limestone rock walls as part of religious ceremonies. The dyes used were absorbed into the rock and arid conditions helped to preserve the art. This link has extensive information about the native people that lived in this region: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/amis/crs/appa.htm.

The main 90 minute guided tour has a small fee and involves a short relatively easy walk down to the Fate Bell Shelter. The tour is offered Wednesday through Sunday at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. In hotter weather only the 10:00 tour is offered. The guide explains the history of the area and offers insights into the paintings. Some of the paintings are in excellent condition (see the picture to the right). Viewing 4,000 year old art up close offers a tangible connection to ancient people that is meaningful and spiritual. If you like to learn about ancient cultures and history, this tour is time well spent. Check the park website before visiting to get more information about seasonal tours and additional shelters with paintings. In addition to the shelter art, the park has a small museum and a short film.
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