Keyhole Canyon - Part 1

keyholecanyon1-034  Keyhole Canyon is located about halfway between Las Vegas and Searchlight, outside the town of Nelson in the Eldorado Mountains. While it is unknown who carved the petroglyphs at Keyhole Canyon, scholars do agree that the Mohave, the Paiute, and the Anasazi/Pueblo were the main groups in the region thousands of years ago. keyholecanyon1-072 keyholecanyon1-007 keyholecanyon1-008  A narrow niche in the granite of the mountains, Keyhole Canyon is a blind or box canyon. Crated by erosion, it is no place to be during a heavy rain. Steep rock walls enclose the gravely canyon bottom. For those early travelers, the spot provided shade and cooler temperatures during the hot months, protection from winds and storms all year and defensive position when needed.   Most of the petroglyphs were incised or pecked upon rock faces on either side of the entrance. The more you look, the more pictures and symbols you see.  Those closest to the bottom of the rocks show the wear of the centuries. You'll spot better-defined symbols at eye level. Keep looking upward, for rock art appears wherever the ancient artists could find a place to stand.
keyholecanyon1-010 keyholecanyon1-045  The photos in the slide show were taken on several different trips starting in 2003.  There are many duplicate photos and they may, or may not be in the correct order. keyholecanyon1-035 keyholecanyon1-003
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