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“Little Petroglyph Canyon”

Little Petroglyph Canyon
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Owner description: Cosos Mountains canyon containing rock paintings that pre-date Native Americans.
Ridgecrest, California
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Little Petroglyph Canyon”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

I have visited the Canyon a number of times. You have to sign up in advance and go in a group because it is on a military installation. No deviations allowed. The hike is not too strenuous but you do need to be in reasonable shape. If you are handicapped or have any hiking problems, you will end up sitting at the trail head until everyone else comes back (about 3 or 4 hours). If you use a walking stick at all, recommend taking it. There are thousands of petroglyphs in the canyon and it is one of the best sites in the world. A camera, walking shoes with good tread not slick, hiking stick (if needed). water and a lunch would all be good. You are way out in the boonies and are required to stay in a group. If you are interested in Petroglyphs, this is the best trip you could ever take.

Visited October 2012
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Sebastopol, California
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Rare and a real treat, petroglyphs”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

First thing, arrange with Maturango Museum for a tour. This requires access to a military base with limited secure access. You must be a US Citizen. Sorry friends from abroad, not even a green card will get you in. So this is a rare treat. Not just anybody can wonder in. You need a guide. You also need good close toed shoes. This is not a paved path but a journey through a narrow small canyon which has walls covered with unique mysterious petroglyphs. You will probably see wild horses on the way to the site. No photos until you get to the petroglyphs.

Visited August 2012
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Ridgecrest, California
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Petroglyph Trips”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This trip requires you to be in good physical shape. Wear comfortable shoes for rock climbing, and comfortable clothing for heat. As it's a canyon of an old river bank. Sign up is required at Maturango Museum as the canyon is on Federal Land.

Visited August 2012
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Ridgecrest, California
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
Reviewed 26 April 2013

There are so many petroglyghs that is almost hard to explain. By the time you get to the other end of the canyon you almost forget take it for granted how many you have seen.

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San Jose
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fabulous petroglyphs”
Reviewed 18 April 2013

The Maturango Museum does a really nice job of setting up the tours, and then guiding the hike through the Canyon. The petroglyphs themselves are spectacular. Some rock scrambling, but mostly relatively easy walking. The guides give you as much time as you want for photographs, or just looking. This was definitely a highlight of our trip.

In addition, you get to drive through a large Joshua tree forest, and (maybe) see wild horses. No pictures until you get into the canyon, though. Reserve well in advance.

Visited March 2013
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