Calico Basin 5 - Rock 2

Southern Nevada Rock Art Sites

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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.

Calico Basin 5 - Rock 2


Calico Basin / Red Springs: Site is accessible by passenger car.


Calico is on the way to the Red Rock Conservation area. Going west on Charleston Blvd. from the intersection of Hwy 215 (the Las Vegas Beltway) and Charleston Blvd., stay on Charleston and go approximately 3.9 miles. On the right you will see a sign for Red Springs / Calico Basin. Turn right on Calico Basin Rd. and continue a short distance to the Red Springs picnic area parking lot. There is a new "Boardwalk" circling the grounds. Go to the far side of the walkway next to the hill. From here you will see a couple of large rocks with petroglyphs on them. There are other petroglyphs high up on the hill as well as near the base and they are scattered along the hill for several hundred yards. When standing on the walk, start scanning the hill in front of you; it will not be long before you start seeing them.


Rock 2 - Large flat-topped boulder


Because of the revarnishing, it is very difficult to see the petroglyphs on the top of the rock. You will also see duplication of photos because I wanted to be able to see as much of the detail as possible of all of the petroglyphs.


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