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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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When we originally started searching the area south of Cottonwood Cove, we had hoped to find sites similar to the ones on the north side of the cove (see Cottonwood Cove 1 – 7). So far no petroglyphs, but we are finding some signs of habitation. We located several rock formations that may be directional markers, a rock ring, and a couple of depressions that may have been sleeping areas.


The second thing we came across:

Occasionally when hiking in the Nevada desert we come across historic military artifacts. I put pictures of these on my Facebook site and the consensus was that they are WWll 75mm tank shells. We located two of them about 200 yards apart and both pointing in exactly the same direction. We assumed that they were target rounds and not live explosives because they lacked fused tips. This was confirmed by one other person, but 9 out of 10 people warned us to stay away. We are still looking for a military person who is an expert in this type of thing.


As we were leaving the area:

This cemetery is a short distance off of Cottonwood Cove Road and we passed it on the way in and figured we would stop by on our way out. There is no sign on the cemetery designating its name, but a quick Internet search reveals it is called Six Mile-Cottonwood Cove Cemetery, aka Cottonwood Cove Cemetery, and aka Toby Park Cemetery.


We elected not to show names of the people buried there, but if you are interested, they are listed on cemetery websites. The oldest we found was born in 1878 and died in 1959 and the most current died in 2003. There were several military people from WWI and WWII buried there and they were listed as an Engineer, Ambulance Co, and a Wagoner US Army. Also at the rear of the cemetery was a separate pet section.


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