Cow Cove is fairly large, but seldom visited, site located on the Mojave National Preserve in California. The site is easy to get to, but road conditions can - and do - get a little dicey. There are several websites with complete maps, road conditions, and warnings (heed the warnings). It was one of these websites that got me there the first time. Just Google Cow Cove Petroglyphs for website information.
Cow Cove is thought to be a ceremonial site with parts of it dating back over 5000 years. The main groups of people that occupied the area at one time or another were the Paiutes, Mojave, and the Chemehuevi and all were well adapted to desert living. The Pueblo Indians also visited the area to mine turquoise and trade with the other tribes.
Most of the photos that you will see on other websites, and this one included, were taken at the “main” site which is my Cow Cove 1, 2, and 3. After being told that I had only seen part of the entire Cow Cove complex, I decided it was time to try and locate the rest. The first part of the “rest” starts with Cow Cove 4.
Due to the surface reflections of some of the basalt rock, many of my photos really suck.