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Little Petroglyph Canyon

Ridgecrest, CA
+1 760-939-1283
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This place is easily accessable for all to see and view.

I loved the scenery, it was beautiful. We went on Friday and the place was virtually deserted... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bloomington, Minnesota
Little Petroglyph Canyon tour

This is the most comprehensive and pristine Native American rock art concentration found in the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Theresa G
Ridgecrest, California
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Cosos Mountains canyon containing rock paintings that pre-date Native Americans.
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“rock art” (5 reviews)
“china lake” (7 reviews)
“naval air” (2 reviews)
Ridgecrest, CA
+1 760-939-1283
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the scenery, it was beautiful. We went on Friday and the place was virtually deserted. It was partly sunny and windy. Hold onto your hats fellas as the wind can be quite strong at times. Fixed our selves a picnic lunch in vehicle...More

Thank johnlauby
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the most comprehensive and pristine Native American rock art concentration found in the Western Hemisphere. It is available for visits through the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest. It is located on the restricted Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, CA. Excellent tour!

Thank Theresa G
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...More

Thank Dlane2d
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.

Thank cyndt
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...More

Thank klined2016
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...More

Thank XRAD1
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...More

1  Thank steve b
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....More

2  Thank Bob C
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...More

3  Thank alicerbob
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.

Thank Coolmomofboys
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I saw the tour website and it said that i can't visit if i am not a US citizen. Is there anyway i can go and see those paintings (i am legal resident of US) ?
14 August 2015|
Response from BozBronco | Reviewed this property |
I checked directly with the Navy security to plead your case. Unfortunately, due to post nine eleven fears, only US citizens are granted access to the China Lake base. That said, I can provide some hope for you visiting the... More
Robin W
My husband and I are in our mid-70's and in good, but not excellent, shape. The reviews are excellent and because we are very interested in rock art. we want to celebrate my birthday by taking this hike. How can we determine whether or not it won't be too challenging? Thanks for your response in advance, Robin
11 July 2015|
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Response from BozBronco | Reviewed this property |
Robin, Let me add some more detail to the answer above. My previous response got lost in transmission. I've guided multiple trips into the canyon and worked with all different ages and physical abilities. The short answer... More