Calico Basin 9

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 9


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.



Calico Basin 9:

On this trip to Calico Basin, we headed beyond where the picnic tables and boardwalk are located. In the hills north and east of Calico Basin is an area where boulder climbers frequent. I have known about this part of Calico Basin for years, but never took the time to visit it. On this first trip we came across rock shelters, a small petroglyph panel, and several other interesting sites.


There are many shelters in this area, and most of them showed signs of having been lived in at one time or another. Because of the proximity of hiking trails, some of the shelters have been used in the recent past, and others appear to be in their original condition.



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