Trails & Trade Routes 2 - Part 2

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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.

Trails & Trade Routes 2 - Part 2


Please Note:

The designations that I have given the individual trade trails are completely arbitrary. The numbering system is just a way to keep track of where we have been.


The trails that we are visiting are all connected in one way or another with the Colorado River, and are either migration or trade routes, or travel trails leading to and from the river.


Some of the routes and trails have been used for over a thousand years, and in many places the trails are so worn into the desert pavement that they are visible for a hundred yards into the distance.


Many times, along these trails we find boulders with petroglyphs, trail markers (marks on a rock) and possible habitats. Most of these were within 50’, if not right next to the trail. On some of the trails we would find the sherds from a “pot drop” and small grinding slicks. Both items were possibly used in a ceremonial situation.


At regular intervals next to the trail we found pottery sherds and grinding stones that were possibly for ceremonial purposes.


Part 2 is a continuation of Trade Trail 2


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