Little Petroglypth Canyon

Little Petroglyph Canyon is located in the Mojave desert near Ridgecrest, California.  There are over 100,000 petroglyphs there, dating back as far as 16,000 years.  These images were produced by the 'Coso People' and represents the largest concentration of petroglyphs anywhere in North America. Today, visitors must visit the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest to arrange a tour.  And because petroglyphs are located within a naval air weapons station (China Lake), visitors must have a valid U.S. Passport. I first visited this site many years ago and took the pictures shown in the slideshow below.  This is not an easy trek.  The round trip through the canyon is about 2-1/2 miles and the terrain is rugged.

     

Click on arrows on side of image to advance pictures or click on center of picture for a larger image.

  
Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest
Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest

This the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California where you begin your tour today.

Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest
Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest

Petroglyph display outside the museum.

Little Petroglyph Canyon
Little Petroglyph Canyon

More wild horses.

Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest
Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest

This the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California where you begin your tour today.

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      Petroglyph (noun)

       [pe-truh-glif]

 

1. A carving on rock made  

    by  a member of a

    prehistoric people.

 

2.They often tell stories of a

    family or tribe.

Petroglyph rock art seen in Little Petroglyph Canyon near Ridgecrest, California