Cottonwood Cove South 3

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.

Cottonwood Cove South 3


Cottonwood Cove South 3 is located on the Colorado River in an area now known as Lake Mojave. Long before the dam was constructed there were several river crossings in the area that were originally used to gain access to Spirit mountain, the Eldorado Valley, and other areas that were significant to Native Americans at that time.


Using the general locations of the crossings as a starting point we were able to locate several sites on the western side of the river that may have been used as a stopping points on the way to the places mentioned above. At the Cottonwood Cove 3 site we located numerous rock rings, several rock alignments, rock piles, and other rock configurations.


Extra information:

Tribal elders call Spirit Mountain "The place where shamans dream" and it is considered a place where ancient ancestors emerged into this world.


Spirit Mountain aka “Avi Kwa Ame” is a white granite outcrop; at its highest point it is a little over 5300’ and, according to some tribal elders can be seen from as far away as Arizona. The tribes that consider Spirit Mountain sacred include Hualapai, Mojave, Havasupai, Yavapai, Chemuavi, Quechan, Maricopa, and the Hopi. The Pai Pai and Kumeyaay tribes from Mexico and Southern California, respectively, also consider the mountain sacred. The Mojave, because of their proximity to the mountain, are considered the mountain’s caretaker.


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