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Little Petroglyph Canyon

Ridgecrest, CA
+1 760-939-1283
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Easy trip if you wear good shoes. Great experience.

The best part of this trip is the crew, the team and to meet the other participants. What's also... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Martin M
Los Angeles, California
A Very Special Experience

Just came back from our tour into the canyon and cannot praise the tour guides enough. Bob, Libby... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Berkeley, California
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Cosos Mountains canyon containing rock paintings that pre-date Native Americans.
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Reviewed 7 November 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

Thank Martin M
Reviewed 15 October 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

Thank CRG48
Reviewed 3 July 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

2  Thank EllePlusJohn
Reviewed 7 June 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

1  Thank johnlauby
Reviewed 22 May 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!

1  Thank Theresa G
Reviewed 15 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

1  Thank Dlane2d
Reviewed 7 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 30 November 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

1  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

1  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
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13 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
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