Calendar of Tours


About Our Tours

 

The Witte Museum is proud to offer you access to its Rock Art Foundation White Shaman Preserve, named for the Foundation as donors.

In addition to weekly (every Saturday) tours to White Shaman, the Witte Museum also offers seasonal guided tours to numerous additional prehistoric and historic sites throughout the Lower Pecos region of West Texas. These tours are only possible through the kind cooperation and generosity of various landowners. The Witte firmly supports their rights as private landowners, who act as fabulous stewards for these irreplaceable archaeological treasures. With trust and friendship, they have offered their properties on these limited dates as a truly unique experience. Witte Museum members will receive discounted tickets to all Witte Museum Rock Art Foundation guided tours.


THE WHITE SHAMAN PRESERVE

Tours are available September thru May every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Reservations are required and limited

Participants must be ages 12 & up, all minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

Respect for Archaeological Sites and Rock Art: 

 The Witte Museum is proud to be a conservation steward of the White Shaman Preserve, a nationally recognized historic site.  As an elite accredited museum with the American Alliance of Museums, we have the highest standards to uphold.  The use of open flame or smudging or smoking of any kind in the shelter is not allowed under any circumstances. 

The White Shaman Preserve is a sacred site.  Requests for ceremonial use of the White Shaman Preserve must be submitted in writing to the Witte Museum.  Approval of requests will be weighed against the risk to the site, human safety and museum resources. Availability to White Shaman Preserve is limited, so any request must be scheduled in advance.

Reservations and Cancellations:

All Witte tours must be paid in advance to ensure your reservation.  Only those paid in advance are guaranteed a place on the tour.  Cancellations must be made a minimum of 10 days prior to the tour to receive a full refund.  Cancellations made after the 10 day minimum are non-refundable.  Tours may be cancelled due to weather conditions, extreme heat/cold, limited participation, road conditions, lake/river levels, etc.  Requests for private tours must be submitted in writing to reservations@wittemuseum.org.

Photography, Video and Electronic Devices: 

 Photographs or video taken on the property of the White Shaman Preserve of the Witte Museum are for personal use only. All requests to reproduce images for research, exhibition, publication, or distribution must be submitted to the Registrar’s office at collections@wittemuseum.org.

 

2022 White Shaman Tours

White Shaman Tour Guidelines and Expectations

DATE WHITE SHAMAN PRESERVE
January 1, 2022 Register
January 8, 2022 Register
January 15, 2022 Register
January 22, 2022 Register
January 29, 2022 Register
February 5, 2022 Register
February 12, 2022 Register
February 19, 2022 Register
March 5, 2022 Register
March 12, 2022 Register
March 19, 2022 Register
March 26, 2022 Register
April 2, 2022 Register
April 9, 2022 Register
April 16, 2022 Register
April 23, 2022 Register
April 30, 2022 Register
May 7, 2022 Register
May 14, 2022 Register
May 21, 2022 Register
May 28, 2022 Register
September 3, 2022 Register
September 10, 2022 Register
September 17, 2022 Register
September 24, 2022 Register
October 1, 2022 Register
October 8, 2022 Register
October 15, 2022 Register
October 22, 2022 Register
October 29, 2022 Register
November 5, 2022 Register
November 12, 2022 Register
November 19, 2022 Register
November 26, 2022 Register
December 3, 2022 Register
December 10, 2022 Register
December 17, 2022 Register
December 31, 2022 Register

2021 – 2022 Private Ranch Tours

DATE TOUR REGISTER
December 4, 2021 Bonfire Shelter Eagle Cave Tour Register

Bonfire/Eagle Cave Tour Guidelines and Expectations

DATE BONFIRE & EAGLE CAVE
February 12, 2022 Register
December 3, 2022 Register

Halo Shelter Tour Guidelines and Expectations

DATE HALO SHELTER
February 5, 2022 Register
(NEW FOR 2022) October 15, 2022 Register

Meyers Spring Tour Guidelines and Expectations

DATE MEYERS SPRING
May 28, 2022 Register
September 3, 2022 Register

Please register online by following the links above.

Join the Witte Museum Rock Art Foundation for a tour of one of the most remarkable and well-photographed rock art sites in the Lower Pecos. The White Shaman panel’s meaning and the techniques used to create it have been the subject of intense scholarly research and many publications. It is one of the most spectacular surviving examples, for example, of the use of rare white paint.
More information on this fascinating, truly one-of-a-kind archeological site can be found in the ground-breaking book, Painters in Prehistory: Archeology and Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, by Witte Museum Curator of Archeology Dr. Harry Shafer (Trinity University Press, 2013) and The White Shaman Mural by Dr. Carolyn Boyd (University of Texas Press, 2016). These books are both available for purchase at the Witte Museum.

Be prepared for a prompt departure from the gate at 12:30 p.m. The tour should be complete by 2:00 p.m. The tour is about two miles round trip. The hike requires climbing numerous stairs and steep grades with loose rocks. Participants must be in good physical condition.

The White Shaman Site is a 250′ descent into a narrow brushy canyon. It can be extremely hot and humid. The trail is steep with loose rocks and uneven footing. The round-trip is approx. 1.5 miles this is a strenuous hike. Tour takes approximately 90 minutes.

Here is a brief video to give you a sense of the difficulty of the hike: White Shaman Hike Video


 Reservations are required and limited

Participants must be ages 12 & up, all minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Desert tours are not recommended for anyone with walking or balance issues. We will be in isolated locations where a response to a medical emergency or injury will be difficult and lengthy. The Guide in charge of each tour will evaluate each individual’s ability to participate in the tour and may limit participation accordingly.

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