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Little Petroglyph Canyon

Ridgecrest, CA
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Ridgecrest
Type: Canyons
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Cosos Mountains canyon containing rock paintings that pre-date Native Americans.
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Ramona, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Well worth the effort to get signed up and make the journey to Ridgecrest. The guides were knowledgeable and had great stories answered all our questions. Really a beautiful sacred place.

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My wife, children and grandchildren just returned for the museum sponsored petroglyph tour through Little Petroglyph Canyon located on the Naval base. It was the second trip for my wife and me but the first for the kids and the grandkids. We loved it! The kids loved it! The grandkids loved it! The museum sponsors a limited number of small... More

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Joshua Tree
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86 reviews 86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Little Petroglyph Canyon is billed as the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the western hemisphere, and if you are fascinated by petroglyphs and the culture and history surrounding them, like we are, then this is a must-see destination. Access is limited and available through tours offered by the Maturango Museum and The Sun Runner. US citizens only, and... More

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Tours can be organized through the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, CA. A background check is needed as the base has classified sites and must be protected. A tour guide is furnished and vehicles caravan in on paved and gravel roads for about a 100 mile round-trip. The group going is encouraged to bring adequate drinking water and a lunch to... More

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 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... More

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Sebastopol, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 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... More

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 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.

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Ridgecrest, California
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28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 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... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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42 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

My wife and I just got back from our scheduled tour of Little Petroglyph Canyon with the Maturango Museum. The Maturango Museum is wonderful with how they handle the painful process of entering the China Lake Military Base. You only go on the tour with 20 people and 4 guides who make sure that you respect the area and the... More

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