Rock paintings of Sierra de San Francisco


From c. 100 B.C.E. to 1300 C.E., the Sierra de San Francisco (in the El Vizcaino reserve, in Baja California) was home to a people who have now disappeared but who left one of the most outstanding collections of rock paintings in the world. They are remarkably well-preserved because of the dry climate and the inaccessibility of the site. Showing human figures and many animal species and illustrating the relationship between humans and their environment, the paintings reveal a highly sophisticated culture. Their composition and size, as well as the precision of the outlines and the variety of colors, but especially the number of sites, make this an impressive testimony to a unique artistic tradition.

Cite this page as: UNESCO, "Rock paintings of Sierra de San Francisco," in Smarthistory, May 27, 2021, accessed July 15, 2024,