Lava Flow Petroglyphs – Kelbaker Rd. (Mojave National Preserve)


This is a relatively small site with less than twenty petroglyphs scattered out over about a quarter of a mile. Like other petroglyphs in the preserve, these are likely the product of the Mojave Indians.

It is sad to report that there has been a lot of vandalisation at this site, most likely due to the ease of access. A number of the glyphs have initials carved around them. There are also multiple panels that seem to have been created in more recent years including what appears to be a space ship glyph.

I spent a few hours around this location exploring the basalt outcroppings for additional rock art, but came out empty-handed except for another fake petroglyph that matches the style of space ship glyph that I mention above.


One of three fake petroglyph panels in the area.

One of three fake petroglyph panels in the area.



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Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.