Jeffers Petroglyphs – Comfrey, MN

Along the southwestern plains of Minnesota lies another one of its many hidden gems – the Jeffers Petroglyphs.  Marked by nothing but a small sign and an interpretive center, this off-the-beaten path site is home to some incredible history of Minnesota.


Similar to hieroglyphics, which are on cave walls, these ancient carvings are on a rock outcrop that is ground-level. Meaning, you look down to see them.The exposed outcrop is part of a 23 mile long rock ridge of Sioux quartzite, for you geology fans like me.

107_0715The Petroglyphs are estimated to be somewhere around 7000 to 9000 years old, and are likely Native American in origin.  There is a self-guided tour around the different symbols with interpretative markers explaining the meanings of the carvings, as well as guides who will explain different aspects of the site.

107_0717107_0708 107_0701The Petroglyphs site is located straight west of Mankato about an hour, and north of Jackson, MN.  It’s definitely a ways off the beaten path but if you are into this kind of thing, it’s well worth the drive.

While in the area:  Lake Shetek State Park is just down the road, and just north of here in Sanborn, MN,  you can sleep in a Sod Hut, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder.

2 thoughts on “Jeffers Petroglyphs – Comfrey, MN

  1. I had no idea such a thing existed in MN. I’ve heard of native rock carvings along the Red, but that’s it. I must see.

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