Clark Mts 5

California 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.

Clark Mts 5

 

Mining in this section of the Clark Mountains has been going on since the days of Spaniards, as evidenced by the Arrastra in Clark Mountains 1. Probably before and after the Spanish explorers where there, the area was home to Native Americans.

 

The Clark Mountains are located in eastern San Bernardino Co, California, not far from the Nevada border.

 

We started this trip looking for a pictograph site high up in the Clark Mountains, but because of heavy rain we decided against it. Instead we used our backup plan, which was to hike the lower areas of the Clark Mountains.

 

Sometimes when driving down a dirt road for some unknown reason you decide, “this is the perfect place to stop”. We did that, and when we got out of the Jeep we were looking at a rock art site located on a small knoll. Now how cool is that for dumb luck. There are about 8 to 12 very worn elements scattered throughout the rocks, but because of the condition of the rock art they are very difficult to see.

 

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