Kelbaker Road 2

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 2

 

The information to reach this site was taken from Bill Mann’s book “Guide to 50 Interesting and Mysterious Sites in the Mojave” Volume 2. Mann’s books combined with the Death Valley Jim’s series of books are a great way to access location information on some of California’s prehistoric and historic sites. This type of information is not readily available to most of us, and I wish that I had a source like this for Nevada when I was first starting out.

 

According to Mann’s book, Shaman’s Cave was healing site which might explain a rock arrangement (photo 11 of 35) that we found in the shelter / cave. Next to the shelter entrance we found a few petroglyphs, and on the hilltop above the shelter we found a small area in the basalt that had been cleared.

 

Please Note: This entire area is a basalt field; so watch your step during snake season.

 

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