It is the responsibility of each
person visiting a rock art
site to leave it as they found it.
Do not disturb it in any way. Do
not touch it. The oils on your fingers can
contribute to the demise of petroicons.
Do not step on it. Do not camp near
it. Do not build fires near it.
Vandalism and unintentional
destruction are growing problems at many
rock art sites around the world. Graffiti with spray
paint is very difficult
Respect the fact that in many places
where petroglyphs and pictographs
occur, the sites are still considered "sacred" by
indigenous peoples. Your voice
level may effect other visitors' experience.
Always obtain permission before
visiting sites that are on nonpublic
lands. Pay attention to posted signs--there are
some sites on missile ranges. Of course,
signs, such as "CLIFF", should be
Below is a link that does a comprehensive
job of defining proper etiquette in
relation to rock art.
There are many forces at work in the modern world, such as the building of
freeways and mining operations,
that threaten the preservation of rock art sites.
Conscientious participants in the science of petroiconology
contribute to efforts to thwart
attempts to destroy threatened sites.