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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.

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The Colorado River corridor has been used by Native Americans for travel for as long as they have been in the area. In historic times, they were followed by explorers, and then settlers. In conjunction with the river corridor, trade and travel trails completed the network much like our modern-day highway system.


The sites that I have listed here were given arbitrary numbers and are not in any kind of order along the river. I am also aware that what I have seen is only and small portion of what exists between Lake Mead and Davis Dam. Because I am not privy to any special information, what I have found comes from a lot of leg work, rowing my butt up and down the river in my inflatable, and just getting lucky.



Please Note: All backgrounds / horizons around this site were altered to help protect its location. "Part of the Puha Path"


Puha: Source of power or energy. If you happen to visit this site please treat it with the respect that you would any sacred place


The ceremonial sites that the Puha path system lead to might be an entire mountain or a mountain top, a cave, a spot on a river, or a place that has a special significance to a certain group of people. These ceremonial sites are places where you would go to obtain power or knowledge, or for a vision quest or possibly a healing. You might also go there in preparation for a hunt, and some of the sites were also used for astronomical observances.


The paths would many times follow a particular type of landscape or terrain. An example would be a trail following a landscape composed of volcanoes. Volcanic areas were especially important to the Southern Paiute because they represent places of rebirth of the earth.


This site pictured is reported to be a hub or very near a hub. A ceremonial hub has trails or paths connected to it like a spider web leading to other sites. In this case the ceremonial site below is reported to have been connected to Gypsum Cave, Keyhole Canyon, Petroglyph Wash, and several other caves in the general area.


This particular site is known to have been used by the Southern Paiute, Hualapai, Mojave, Yavapai, Hopi, Navajo, and the Zuni people. The site is located at the junction of three paths: one path from the south was used by the Mojave and a second path from the west was used by the Southern Paiute; a third path came from the east and was used by the Hualapai and other eastern people.


The site pictured is part of the Puha path system that is located in southern Nevada.


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