CALDWELL — Canyon County has acquired Map Rock, a 34-acre site that will become the county’s newest park, the Board of Commissioners announced Friday.

Map Rock, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the most well-known petroglyph panel in Idaho, according to county officials. It is located approximately six miles from Highway 45 on Map Rock Road.

The acquisition was made possible from a land trade with Farm Development Corporation. The Canyon County Parks, Recreation and Waterways Department will develop educational programs and site improvements to allow families, scouts and other visitors to enjoy the petroglyph panel.

“Canyon County is looking forward to working with Idaho’s Indian tribes and the State Historic Preservation Officer to protect this historic resource and educational opportunity,” Tom Bicak, director of Canyon County Parks, Recreation & Waterways said.

It is commonly believed that the petroglyphs were created by the Shoshone-Bannock people prior to Euro-American contact. The first recorded reference to Map Rock was in 1877. It later was featured along with other petroglyph site in southwestern Idaho in numerous Union Pacific Railroad publications that tried to get people to travel by train to the unknown Idaho.

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