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Little Petroglyph Canyon

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Address: Ridgecrest, CA
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Cosos Mountains canyon containing rock paintings that pre-date Native...

Cosos Mountains canyon containing rock paintings that pre-date Native Americans.

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Petroglyphs galore!

I went on a short tour of the canyon but it was well worth it. I took many pictures and it was not too physically exerting.

Reviewed 8 December 2016
Lake Isabella, California
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Ridgecrest, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017

An amazing experience that was enjoyed by both young and old. We took my 10 year old on a tour arranged by Matarango Museum and she loved it as did everybody else. The guides made the experience very enjoyable, sharing their knowledge and helping us see even the most well hidden rock art both large and small, making sure that... More 

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Lake Isabella, California
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

I went on a short tour of the canyon but it was well worth it. I took many pictures and it was not too physically exerting.

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Ridgecrest, California
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

If you have any interest in petroglyphs, a visit to Little Petroglyph Canyon should be at the top of your list. Protected by the U.S. Navy since 1943, these undisturbed ancient writings appear as they did as many as 13,000 years ago. Begin by contacting Maturango Museum who works with the Navy in arranging access to the military ranges that... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

It was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. We went on the accompanied tour and had very good guides that shared much information about the petroglyphs. It was a tour for only people Not limited by physical ability. I saw several people on the tour that should have not been allowed to go due to their physical limitations.... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you can get a reservation on one of the Maturango Museum tours to Little Petroglyph Canyon do so, you won't regret the or the drive to Ridgecrest. This is one of the best, if not the best preserved collections of Native American Rock Art in the U.S. It's remote, deep within a Navy base, and well protected by both... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

This is an outstanding "bucket list" experience. More of a medium-level hike than a walking tour. There are some tricky places in the canyon where you scramble a bit. You need to be fairly fit to fully enjoy the experience especially for seniors like me. A hiking staff / pole was very helpful moving over the varied / uneven terrain.... More 

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Inyokern, CA
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

I have been on this tour and hike several times, in late Spring and Fall. It's a remote and interesting driving trip and a nice day of exercise which takes you back thousands of years, trying to imagine what made the natives such prolific rock drawers in this particular canyon. Best access in November during the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival when... More 

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4 reviews
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Once in a lifetime experience. Should do it if you are a US Citizen. Protected by NAWS, they are in pristine condition.

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Reviewed 9 March 2016

A bit of a trip from the starting point in Ridgecrest. Once you get out to actual art location it was a fun experience seeing all the art.

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Reviewed 19 December 2015

I've been visiting and leading tours to this Petroglyph Canyon sense a year after 9/11. I've photographed hundreds of rock art sites around the country & Canada, but this is the ultimate one. Wonderful unique images and a huge quantity of them in this 3 mile Canyon. If you're at all interested in Rock Art, this is a must!

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