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Jeffers Petroglyphs, Comfrey

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The Jeffers Petroglyphs site is an outcrop in southwestern Minnesota with pre-contact Native American petroglyphs. The petroglyphs are pecked into rock of the Red Rock Ridge, a 23mi-long Sioux quartzite outcrop that extends from Watonwan County, Minnesota to Brown County, Minnesota. The exposed surface is approximately 150by and surrounded by virgin prairie. Several old wagon trail ruts traverse the site, one of which is believed to be the old stage coach route from New Ulm, Minnesota to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.The exact age of the petroglyphs is not known, but the earliest petroglyphs are estimated to be from 9000 to 7000 years ago (7000 to 5000 BCE). but some atlatl symbols at Jeffers are a close match with similar symbols at Indian Knoll in Kentucky, which have been dated to 3000 BCE during the Late Archaic Period. Another clue to the age comes from the projectile point carvings, which show a projectile point design used by hunters in the Late Archaic Period. Other carvings, such as thunderbirds, dragonflies, turtles, and shamans, are symbolic of later tribes such as the Otoe tribe, Sioux, and Iowa tribe. These are believed to date between 900 CE and 1750 CE. There are over 4000 American Indian images preserved in the bedrock. The bedrock was flattened and smoothed over by glaciers 14000 years ago.
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  • Loved seeing the petroglyphs. Beautiful site. Tour was well worth it. If you are in area go see it. Very rural setting. Fun fall activity over fall break. Check website for hours open.  more »
  • Our family has been coming to the Petroglyphs for years. The admission is high if you have a large family but if you have a membership to the MN Historic Society it's free. The staff is amazing. They ...  more »
  • We arrived later in the day as the glyphs are supposed to be more visible when the sun is low. The visitor center was closed but there was still access. I thought it was very cool that these ancient e...  more »
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  • This place is really cool. I visited outside of visitor center hours, but was still able to see the petroglyphs. It was well worth stopping to check it out.
  • The petroglyphs are actually visible here. They provide visitors with guides for finding the petroglyphs on your own if you opt out of the guided tour. Beautiful examples of natural prairies, great for a beautiful walk. Very low key place, not too touristy and packed to enjoy!
  • We really enjoyed our visit to the Jeffers Petroglyphs. The guided tour is 45 minutes long and very interesting and informative. Many of the glyphs are difficult to see, but the tour with the park guide helps a great deal in spotting them. I'd also recommend taking the long trail back after the tour to see the tracks from the old stage coach line and the rock that has been worn smooth by bison using it to scratch their coats.
  • Wonderful prairie and petroglyph site. However do note that the center itself only provides services and tours on Saturdays after Labor Day until October 1st. This information is not at all clear.
  • Excellent guide. If you still your mind and close your eyes you can feel the whispers of the Elders. 8,000 years of history seen in sacredness of stone; what an experience.

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