Ash Springs

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.

Ash Springs: AD 500-1250

 

The petroglyphs found at the Ash Springs Rock Art Site are pecked which is typical of much the Great Basin rock art. The rock art at this site is very worn in many places and has some signs of vandalism.

 

This area is known to have been a winter site for the Pahranagat people, and may have accommodated a small village of 25-40 individuals.  What’s unique to this site is a nearby hot spring.  The spring allowed the Pharanagats to have running water year around.  When winter came, instead of relying on snow melt for water they had the water from the hot spring.

 

 

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