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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.


Once again we put the raft in on the Nevada side of the Colorado River and headed over to the Arizona side. After some searching, we located several possible habitat sites, and I say “possible” because of what we found about half-way through the day. We never found any bottles or Bud Light cans, but we found an “arrow-shaped” design made of rocks. This put in doubt some of the things that we were finding - are they historic or prehistoric? It was still a great trip even though half of what we found may be historic.


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