Colorado River / Lake Mead 21

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.

Colorado River 21

 

The Colorado River corridor has been used by Native Americans for travel for as long as they have been in the area. In historic times, they were followed by explorers, and then settlers. In conjunction with the river corridor, trade and travel trails completed the network much like our modern-day highway system.

 

The sites that I have listed here were given arbitrary numbers and are not in any kind of order along the river. I am also aware that what I have seen is only and small portion of what exists between Lake Mead and Davis Dam. Because I am not privy to any special information, what I have found comes from a lot of leg work, rowing my butt up and down the river in my inflatable, and just getting lucky.

 

 

All ridgelines and shorelines in the photos below have been removed or altered to help protect the location of this site.

 

Cave Site aka Mikes Cave

 

The site below consists of two small caves that were discovered by a Las Vegas man (Mike) in the mid 1990's. Mike had removed one of the large pots - to protect it - and then deciding to avoid problems, took the pot to the National Park Service (NPS). The hand-over of the pot was witnessed by Mike's attorney and Keith Rogers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper who was covering the story. Because of a conflict between Mike and the park service archaeologist, Mike left without revealing the exact location of the cave site. Unknown to Mike, the NPS was able to locate the caves and salvage the artifacts without Mike's assistance.

 

Currently Mike's whereabouts are unknown, but a friend of mine (Paul) was able to locate him in 2009, and after some negotiations, Mike agreed to take Paul to the cave site. Before going to the site, Mike relayed to Paul some of the things that they would be seeing. He stated that there were large pots, bowls, and other artifacts, and even more significantly, in the lower chamber were the mummified bodies of Native Americans. At that time, Mike did not realize that the NPS had already visited the site years earlier and had removed the artifacts from the cave. He was under the impression that the cave was still in its original state, complete with the artifacts. To say that both Mike and Paul were surprised to see everything gone would be an understatement. The one thing that I personally find interesting about this story is that in the newspaper article that was written about the Cave Site absolutely nothing was mentioned about the bodies that were supposedly in the lower chamber...

 

The first two photos below are the property of Mike and are being used without his permission. I am hoping that either Mike or someone who knows Mike will see this page and put me in contact with him. I would like to be able to find him, and with his permission, put his original photos of the discovery and his personal story on this web page.

 

Because I don't have permission to use the photos, I have blanked out Mike's face in the first photo. He is sitting in the entrance to the cave where the pot was discovered. From what I understand, this is the pot that was eventually turned over to the NPS. The second photo was the pot in-situ.

 

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