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The Blythe Intaglios are a group of gigantic earth figures found on the ground near Blythe, CA. These intaglios are east of the Big Maria Mountains, about 15 miles north of Blythe - just west of Highway 95 near the Colorado River. The intaglios are best viewed from the air, and that is exactly how they were discovered. In 1932, local pilot George Palmer was flying over the Colorado River into Blythe when he accidentally spotted the formations below him.
Intaglios are gigantic human, animal and geometric figures on the ground surface. There are over 300 intaglios in the American Southwest and adjacent Mexico. The best known of these mysterious figures are the Blythe Intaglios. The ground drawings are situated on two low mesas or terraces. There are several figures in three locations. The figures include two large humans, a feline and a concentric circle and a spiral. The largest human figure measures 171 feet from head to toe.
They were created by scraping a design in the dark colored rocks called desert pavement. By moving the desert pavement, the lighter color soil is exposed. The fine particles have been washed and blown away over the centuries, leaving larger stones or pebbles on the surface. Any mark made on the desert pavement will be visible for centuries. Intaglios are very susceptible to damage. If you visit an intaglio remember that even footsteps can damage the figures. The Blythe Intaglios have been fenced to prevent further damage.
Since flying these sites I've discovered that there are actually over 600 known geoglyphs spread across the Southwest. So, there remains ample fodder for more powered paragliding quests for Ancient Geoglyphs.