Pools And Petroglyphs At The Caves

The bad news: the following glamping location is private property. The good news: I took pictures to share with you!

My boyfriend’s family has access to a hidden gem in the Los Padres National Forest, known as “The Caves”. A small cluster of cabins along with a freshwater pool are tucked among sweeping trees and sprawling mountains. So as you can imagine, this place is a haven in 90-degree weather (especially for a Bay area resident who is used to 60 and foggy this time of year!)

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OK, enough of making you jealous. The true beauty of this site is reason behind why the property is known as “The Caves”.  A short hike uphill takes you to cave walls decorated with petroglyphs dating back to 500-1000 years ago from the Essellen Indians. Many experts even believe Los Padres contains some of the most extraordinary native rock art to be found in the entire world!

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Since this location is so hidden, the petroglyphs are in surprisingly good condition considering their age.

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It is believed that these handprints were inspired by a nearby rock formation that is known as “The Praying Hands”. Many of the Chumash cave paintings depict their culturally significant images such as the California wildlife.

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I can’t share the location with you (mainly because as a sleepy passenger I have no clue how we even got here), but if you do some extensive Googling you might be able to find the location of one of these sites!

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