Mutau Flats

Located in the far north-eastern area of Ventura County, California, just south of Lockwood Valley, is an unusual pile of rocks sitting in the middle of a pristine valley surrounded by rock and clay mountains.     While now private property and inaccessable to the public today, this area was once used as a winter grazing area for cattle by the local pioneers.  Because of its remote location, it soon became a holding area for cattle rustlers and horse thieves from the surrounding low-lands!

The pictures that follow were take by me over the years when I lived in the area, and served as a volunteer Steward helping to preserve these endangered sites.

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Mutau Flats
Mutau Flats

As you travel south over the ridge from Lockwood Valley and descend into the flats, you see this big rock pile just across the creek from an old homestead.

Mutau Rock
Mutau Rock

This large rock pile, known by some as 'Pictograph Rock', is just west and across the creek from the old homestead in Mutau Flats. It is the home of some amazing Chumash Rock Art!

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Figure 22

Mutau Flats
Mutau Flats

As you travel south over the ridge from Lockwood Valley and descend into the flats, you see this big rock pile just across the creek from an old homestead.

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      Pictograph (noun)

       pic-tuh-graf, -grahf

 

1. A pictorial sign or symbol

 

2. A record consisting of

    pictorial symbols, as a

    prehistoric cave drawing

    or a graph or chart with

    symbolic figures.

'Mutau Bear' pictograph found in Mutau Flats south of Lockwood Valley, California