Desert National Wildlife Range 4

Lower Pictograph Canyon


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.

Desert National Wildlife Range 4

Lower Pictograph Canyon


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The Desert National Wildlife Refuge / Range was established May 20, 1936, and encompasses 1.5 million acres of the diverse Mojave Desert in southern Nevada. It is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower 48 states. The Refuge contains six major mountain ranges, the highest rising from 2,500-foot valleys to nearly 10,000 feet. Annual rainfall ranges from less than four inches on the valley floors to over fifteen inches on the highest peaks.


Part 1 - Lower Pictograph Canyon


The Pictographs in this canyon are very worn and most are extremely difficult to see. In some of the photos below it looks like a picture of a blank wall of rock, but at one time the pictographs covered a large portion of these areas. Now, because of flood waters in the canyon over the years and being exposed to the elements, many of the original pictographs are now barely visible, or totally gone.


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