Indian Wells Canyon Pictographs

The pictograph site in Indian Wells Canyon is not a well documented site thus there is no visible vandalisation, and the site is well-preserved.

The Indian Wells Canyon pictographs were discovered in 1968 by Grant, Baird and Pringle during field reconnaissance in the Southern Sierra Nevada. The attributes of these pictographs tie them to “Coso” style rock art.

The pictographs utilize orange/red and white pigments. Most of the designs are still vibrant, and visible without the use of any enhancement.

One of the most intriguing designs is that of a horse and a rider wearing a hat. This would date these pictographs to a time period when white settlers had already been in the area.  Based on this depiction, it would date these pictographs to historic times. This is unusual because it was previously believed that no “Coso” style rock art was created during this time period.


Indian Wells Pictographs






About Jim Mattern

Jim is an author, explorer, photographer, guide, and scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, Ghost Towns, Mines, and natural wonders in the Mojave Desert. Jim has published seven books, with more in the planning stages.