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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.



I started this trip near the old Nelson Landing along the Colorado River. I had planed to investigate the Arizona side of the river, but within an hour the wind picked up and, as you can imagine, inflatable boats are not a lot of fun in heavy wind. So, I headed back to the Nevada side of the river where I found one very interesting site that is probably historic, but maybe not. It is a stone alignment / fence / marker about 500’ long ranging in height from one rock to three rocks. I am not sure what it was, but it is interesting. Near the end of the rock alignment overlooking the river is a rock ring.


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