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This is our second time here. The lower pacer of the canyon was closed because someone wrote their... read more

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If you don’t find petroglyphs to be fascinating, this probably isn’t for you. If you do, you will... read more

Reviewed December 10, 2018
Ventura, California
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Ridgecrest, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our second time here. The lower pacer of the canyon was closed because someone wrote their name on one of the rocks, but with 10,000 Petroglyphs in the area, there was still a lot to see. The good people at the Maturango Museum...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

If you don’t find petroglyphs to be fascinating, this probably isn’t for you. If you do, you will be richly rewarded. It takes some planning as you need to complete a background check before you can go. The museum handles this. Be prepared to have...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

we had to jump through hoops to take this tour - that is, we pretty much had to sign our life away (give up a lot of personal information) because it is on the Navy land. which was fine since we really wanted to see...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank joemontana16
Reviewed November 7, 2017

The best part of this trip is the crew, the team and to meet the other participants. What's also fascinating is that you get to drive through top-secret US military weapon testing territory. I had a German passport and found out later that, wouldn't it...More

Date of experience: November 2017
3  Thank martinsexperience
Reviewed October 15, 2017

Just came back from our tour into the canyon and cannot praise the tour guides enough. Bob, Libby, and 3 other guides lead our band of 25 or so folks into the canyon for an absolutely breathtaking experience. There are hundreds of incredibly beautiful petroglyphs...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank CRG48
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Do not miss this opportunity. You will need a reservation and all attending must be US citizens and submit to a background check. Extra caution due to tour on a military base. Well worth it for sure. The docent guides are incredible individuals that are...More

Date of experience: May 2017
4  Thank EllePlusJohn
Reviewed June 7, 2017

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

Date of experience: May 2017
3  Thank johnlauby
Reviewed May 22, 2017 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!

Date of experience: May 2017
3  Thank Theresa G
Reviewed March 15, 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

Date of experience: April 2016
3  Thank Dlane2d
Reviewed December 7, 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.

Date of experience: April 2016
2  Thank cyndt
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Chery D
October 16, 2017|
Response from sinwithzin |
Spring schedules are out now on the Maturango Museum website
August 13, 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
July 11, 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