During the summers of 2006 and 2007, fires burned through the Los Padres, scorching old-growth chaparral that was more than 100 years old. The fires exposed old trails that led to long-hidden rock art sites, allowing the Forest Service to get to and catalog additional sites.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, there are at least 2,400 rock art sites in the Los Padres National Forest, spanning a rugged wilderness of sandstone canyons and outcroppings, meadows and mountaintops. The colorful and spiritual rock art of the Chumash Indians — scattered and hidden throughout 2 million acres of the forest — is some of the most unique in North America. These hidden troves of rock art are full of stories. Read more.