Thursday, December 24, 2009

Petroglyphs- Valley of Fire

There are several spots within the park with petroglyphs.  These date back between 1000-2000 years I think, going from memory of what was on the signs at the trailheads.

These were at Atlatl rock.  I didn't take a picture of the rock itself but these are way off the ground, they've built a staircase that's probably about 3 stories tall to view them.  Some are behind glass to decrease the chance of vandalism.

A closeup of the little animal ones:


These unfortunately have some graphiti over top of them:


Part of the rock itself, two large sections sit side by side and almost touch:


Around the corner is this arch rock, the arch is pretty small:


These are at a trail called Mouse's Tank that we visited later in the day.  They're carved into this black crud that lines portions of the red rocks in this canyon.  I don't know what the black stuff is.

Closeup of one of those horned animals again:



Just a cool rock formation.  Lots of them in this canyon:

This is the actual "Mouse's Tank", it's one of those natural tanks that fills up with water in wet seasons.  It was dry when we visited, I don't think the rain and snow that had fallen on Las Vegas and Red Rock Canyon had made it here.


I'll be back in a couple of days with some petrified logs and some more trails, so in the meantime, Merry Christmas, and stay tuned for more Nevada fun!

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