Lanfair Butte aka Indian Well

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.

Lanfair Butte

 

The Lanfair Butte site is located in the Mojave National Preserve, which is administered by the National Park Service. The preserve was created in 1994 and is approximately 1.6 million acres or over 2,400 square miles making it the third largest park system in the contiguous United States.

 

The Mojave Preserve plays host to beautiful desert vistas, mesas, sand dunes, archaeological sites, and historical ranching and mining.

 

In the central Lanfair Valley (CA) is an area called Lanfair Buttes. Within the buttes is a natural well now called Indian Well. The well is the central point for a petroglyph site called Lanfair Butte or Indian Well. The “water well” was one of the few places to obtain water on this trade route that was used by the Chemehuevi, Mojave, and the people that occupied the area before them.

 

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