After leaving the visitor center, guests walk a quarter mile to the rock outcrop. There an interpreter guides them along the petroglyphs trail where they will have the opportunity to view American Indian rock carvings. The carvings that can be seen will depend on the lighting conditions and angle of the sun which is affected by the time of day, weather and season. At the end of the tour, guests can return to the visitor center or continue on a half mile trail through the virgin and restored prairie.
Daily guided tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Tours start at the rockface and are led by a guide who points out the carvings, interprets possible meanings of the petroglyphs and provides information about the people who made them. Tours are not held during thunderstorms.
Group tours can be arranged for 10 or more people by reservation, call 507-628-5591 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using a mirror to capture light greatly enhances a visitor's ability to view the petroglyphs. On sunny days, a guide will create a shadow and manipulate a mirror to give the illusion of late day light angles.
Each day at 2 p.m. visitors of all ages can join the Adventures in Nature program to learn about American Indian culture, life on the prairie and archaeology.
Jeffers Petroglyphs holds many signature events throughout the year.
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