A unique evidence of Indian rock art traditions, the Greaser Petroglyph Site is located 40 miles east of Lakeview. The ancient boulder sits below Warner Valley Rim, 0.8 miles north of Highway 140.
Carved into the basalt boulder, rock drawings are attributed to the local Native American tribe dated to roughly 12,000 ago. The meaning of the petroglyphs is unknown. Designs could have been used for ceremonial hunting, religious ceremonies, indicating tribe migration routes, or marking the territory. Also, pictures could have been used to describe Indian history, tell local stories or legends.
The important heritage site, the Greaser Petroglyph Site is designated as “Area of Critical Environmental Concern” to ensure the maximum protection of ancient artifacts. Unfortunately, the Greaser Petroglyphs site was vandalized previously, but artifacts has been repaired after the damage.
Due to the uniqueness and archaeological importance, the site became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Warning. Preserving historical heritage is very important and it is the responsibility of each visitor. In addition to straight vandalism, rarities can be damaged by careless visitors. Please, don't touch or rub artifacts and don't climb on the rock. Any alteration of the petroglyphs is illegal and considered to be a violation of federal law.
Caution. Rattlesnakes have been seen under the petroglyph boulder.
Greaser Petroglyph Site | General Description
Location: Warner Valley
Activities: Nature viewing, photography
Accommodations: Hunters Hot Springs
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: Free
Elevation: 4,520 ft (1,378 m)
Greaser Petroglyph Site is located:
- 39 miles east of Lakeview
- 204 miles southeast of Bend
- 213 miles east of Medford
- 280 miles southeast of Eugene.
- Travel 5 miles north on Highway US-395 to OR-140
- Turn right (east) onto OR-140 and drive 32.8 miles to a dirt road on the left
- Turn left and continue 0.8 miles to the destination on the right.