Arrow Canyon 2

Southern Nevada Rock Art Sites

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The Southwest, including Southern Nevada, has a significant amount of Native American Petroglyph / Rock Art Sites. Our web site will concentrate on the rock art of Southern Nevada which extends back over 1500 years, and was typically created by either the Paiute, Shoshone, Chemehuevi, or the Anasazi people.

 

Preservation through Education

 

We believe that rock art on public lands does not - and should not - belong to just a few select people or groups.  However, due to the fragile nature of many rock art sites, it is not realistic to have a large number of people visiting most of them. What we are attempting to do with our website is to provide visual access where those with the interest or the curiosity can go to see and appreciate a small piece of Native American history. Our beliefs are that by educating people to the historical significance of the rock art, people will be more inclined to respect, and preserve, the sites for the enjoyment of everyone for a long, long time.

Arrow Canyon 2

 

In 2002 Arrow Canyon was designated a wilderness area, encompasses approximately 27,000 acres, and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. 

 

Contained within the wilderness area are many archaeological sites, and many of the sites that we visited are located along or near the Pahranagat Wash, which runs through Arrow Canyon.

 

Arrow canyon is known for its “shields”, but it also has a large number on cupules. Many of the sites we visited had from 1 to 30 or more cupules. The cupules may have been used for pigment or possibly ceremonial use.

 

This site has multiple cupules and glyphs on top of this rock. What’s unique about this site are the four perfect “footprints” that have been carved on this rock.

 

This site was photographed on three separate occasions. The photos look very different because of the lighting conditions on each trip, so I decided to keep all the photos because some of the glyphs showed up better under different lighting.

 

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