Kelbaker Road 1

California 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.

Kelbaker Road 1

 

Kelbaker Road aka 17 Mile site.

 

This is a well-known site and has been described in several books dealing with rock art, and driving directions can be found on several websites. This is not a large site, but it has some interesting panels. It also has some very obvious current rock art. I say current, because it was dated 2002.

 

I don’t condone the damage this person did, but since it’s done and that can’t be changed, it can be used as a learning tool. He (I’m assuming it was a guy) dated some of his work across the road from what he did in the middle of the main rock art site. I am also assuming that the California site steward that monitors this site recorded the damage sometime after September of 2002. Fast-forwarding to 2015 when I visited the site, I found very little if any repatination of the glyphs he supposedly created in 2002. If nothing else it could be a good long-term experiment.

 

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