National Geographic : 1971 Jul
Who were they? Little-known Indians painted a host of ghostly figures on a sandstone wall of Horseshoe Canyon perhaps a thousand years ago; a copyist added the chalk marks for scale in 1940. In the Maze, a stoop ing harvester (left) wields seed beaters, providing pictorial evi dence of the reaping of wild grains by prehistoric bands west of the Colorado. Upraised hand gives root to a "tree of life." These picture panels would be included in the proposed enlarged park. Pocket of rangeland in a world of rock, vast Chesler Park lured early cattlemen and bears a rancher's name. Spires called the Needles, some towering almost 500 feet, surround the 2,000-acre cow pasture (following pages).