First District Home to Several Petroglyph Sites

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– If you’re interested in Native American rock art, there are several places to view petroglyphs throughout the Mojave Desert. Significant locations include Jawyhawker Springs in Death Valley and Newberry Cave near Newberry Springs. Inscription Canyon and Black Canyon, located near Rainbowl Basin along Fossil Bed Road near Barstow, are home to more than 10,000 petroglyphs.

Though not in the First District, a must-visit is the Coso Range, which is home to more than 100,000 Indian petroglyphs. Two of the most important regions of this 90-square-mile area — tucked between China Lake and Ridgecrest — include Renegade Canyon and Big Sheep Canyon.

Here, you’ll find beautiful rock art carvings, etched into the native basalt rock. Pictures include abstract grids and lines, figures dressed in full regalia, and desert animals including bighorn sheep, deer, mountain lions and snakes. The Coso rock art is estimated to be around 1,000 to 10,000 years old.

Before COVID, tours of the Coso range were being offered through Maturango Museum. Be sure to check their website for updates on when tours will resume.

If you do visit these beautiful ancient petroglyphs, please be respectful, view from a distance and leave no trace.

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