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Address: Ridgecrest, CA
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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wonderful tour!

We did the petroglyph tour in May. The petroglyphs were amazing. We know we didn't see them all. The volunteers were very helpful and nice.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We did the petroglyph tour in May. The petroglyphs were amazing. We know we didn't see them all. The volunteers were very helpful and nice.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

There are precious few places that combine wonder, history, and adventure all in the same package.... a visit to Little Petroglyph Canyon is one of these. Traveling to this isolated place in the Coso Mountains is just as much a part as reaching a site with thousands of examples of native american rock art. On the way, you cross a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The amount of petroglyphs is great. They are everywhere. It does take a lot of planning to get on the Naval base and it is an hour drive from the gate to the canyon. I would not call this a hike more of a tour. Even though the description indicates to be in good physical condition many in our group... More 

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Fort Walton Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This place is rather restricted and few people get to see these Petroglyphs in person since closed. They are well documented though.

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Ramona, California
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 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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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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Address: Ridgecrest, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Ridgecrest

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