Disappearing Rio Grande: Old Books, Day 152

The Texas Tribune

A detail from the rock art of the White Shaman cave shows what is believed to be a man and a small boat, possibly a canoe. Photo by: Colin McDonald

A labyrinth of canyons, cliffs and caves surrounds the confluence of the Pecos, Devils and Rio Grande rivers. It is a sprawling mess of natural subdivisions providing protection from the cold wind and scorching sun with springs that run year-round scattered throughout. 

For more than 10,000 years, this protection has allowed people to survive in the inhospitable desert. The work they left behind is everywhere.  

We spent the day with Carolyn Boyd, the executive director and founder of the Shumla School, which specializes in the research of and education about the rock art found along the three rivers.