Cow Cove Complex 6

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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.

Cow Cove Complex 6


Cow Cove is fairly large, but seldom visited, site located on the Mojave National Preserve in California. The site is easy to get to, but road conditions can - and do - get a little dicey. There are several websites with complete maps, road conditions, and warnings (heed the warnings). It was one of these websites that got me there the first time. Just Google Cow Cove Petroglyphs for website information.


Cow Cove is thought to be a ceremonial site with parts of it dating back over 5000 years. The main groups of people that occupied the area at one time or another were the Paiutes, Mojave, and the Chemehuevi and all were well adapted to desert living. The Pueblo Indians also visited the area to mine turquoise and trade with the other tribes.


Most of the photos that you will see on other websites, and this one included, were taken at the “main” site which is my Cow Cove 1, 2, and 3. After being told that I had only seen part of the entire Cow Cove complex, I decided it was time to try and locate the rest. The first part of the “rest” starts with Cow Cove 4.


The scene below is not uncommon to Cow Cove. It is August just after a heavy summer rain and things green up in the desert. Sometimes you get lucky when you find a rock outcropping like this and you find either rock art or a habitat area; we got lucky and found both.