Lovelock Cave was intermittently occupied by Native Americans from approximately 3,500 years ago until the middle of the 19th century. It is considered by archaeologists to be one of the most important sites in the history of North American archaeology.
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At Grimes Point in Churchill County, Hidden Cave was an important seasonal hunting lodge for prehistoric Native Americans who lived off the rich bounty from the lake below, now a desert playa.
Located near the petroglyphs of the Grimes Point National Recreational Trail, Picnic Cave’s tufa formations seem similar to the brain coral of an tropical reef.
Toquima Cave, located on Pete’s Summit in the Toquima mountain range east of Austin, is accessed from a dirt road that leads over the mountains from the Big Smoky Valley to the Monitor Valley. Used for religious purposes by Native Americans for thousands of years, the paintings (pictographs) in this cave are unique to the region.
Spirit Cave is found high up in the desert hills north of Grimes Point, some 75 miles east of Reno. Millennia ago the cave looked out over a rich wetland, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Lahontan. During excavations in 1940 the Spirit Cave Mummy was discovered.
Water, geologic forces, and climatic changes combined to form Lehman Caves over the millennia. Really a single cave, Lehman Caves is located within Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada not far from the Utah border. A beautiful limestone cave with intriguing formations, Lehman Caves is known for its rare shield formations.