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The Needles at Pyramid Lake

The Needles at Pyramid Lake

The Needles area of Pyramid Lake, and its hot springs, have been closed to all but the Pyramid Lake Paiute since 1980.

Lagomarsino

Lagomarsino

Lagomarsino Canyon, one of only eight Nevada rock art sites honored on the National Register of Historic Places, is a quarter mile long. It consists of 2229 rock art panels, some created as long as 10,000 years ago.

Sunset and Fog at Pyramid Lake

Sunset and Fog at Pyramid Lake

Fog blankets all of Pyramid Lake in this panorama made at sunset on January 26, 2013.

Petroglyphs and Roasting Pit

Petroglyphs and Roasting Pit

In this canyon near Las Vegas, the rich resources, especially agave, were an abundant source of food and drew people to this canyon over thousands of years.

Hickison Summit Petroglyphs

Hickison Summit Petroglyphs

Between Austin and Eureka, this mountaintop rest stop offer more than the usually assortment of shaded picnic tables and restrooms.

Petroglyph Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park

Petroglyph Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park

The Petroglyph Canyon trail in Valley of Fire State Park traverses a box canyon to its terminus near “Mouse’s Tank,” a natural basin named for a Southern Paiute who allegedly used the area as a hideout in the 1890s.

Sloan Ranger

Sloan Ranger

The Sloan Ranger, a petroglyph which seems to be a Native American’s rock-hewn portrait of a new arrival to Nevada, is found in the 48,438-acre Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area south of Las Vegas.

Dry Lakes Rock Art Documentation

Dry Lakes Rock Art Documentation

In October 2006 Nevada Rock Art Foundation volunteers, led by director Alanah Woody, worked to document the rock art sites in the Dry Lakes area northeast of Reno.

Lake Lahontan Petroglyphs

Lake Lahontan Petroglyphs

The calcium carbonate “tufa” visible below the petroglyph is evidence that the level of prehistoric Lake Lahontan was actually above the position of the petroglyphs.

Pictograph Ledge

Pictograph Ledge

The rock art sites in the area surrounding the Las Vegas Valley were located along prehistoric game trails leading to water holes, near hunting blinds, or in narrow gorges where game could be ambushed. This rare site may have involved rituals, centered on pictograph-making in association with seasonal food-gathering.

Atlatl Rock

Atlatl Rock

Atlatl Rock is named for the Anasazi petroglyph of the Atlatl man, depicted holding his weapon, with a larger atlatl shown above him. Atlatl Rock is located within Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’s oldest and largest park, six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Toquima Cave

Toquima Cave

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

Spirit Cave

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.


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