A wonderful painting of Gossip Rocks in the high desert, near Palm Springs, by Wilton McCoy.
The ancestors of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians enjoyed the solitude of the sheltered canyons when temperatures soared during the summer. The gorges still contain evidence of early native inhabitants. Pictographs etched on rock walls can be seen in isolated areas of the valleys, while some artifacts are housed in museums. For grinding meal, the Indians used flat granite rocks, surrounding the Andreas Canyon stream. Some of the Indians’ original tools were found here and in nearby caves. Local legend surrounds one granite ledge, called “Gossip Rock,” where it is said Indian women sat to grind grain and talk about the events of the day.