Rattlesnake Rock Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs at Rattlesnake Rock - Daggett, CA
Rattlesnake Rock - Daggett, CA

Rattlesnake Rock – Daggett, CA

 

Near the town of Daggett, CA there is this small porphyritic butte containing dozens of Native American petroglyphs. It received the name, Rattlesnake Rock, because of the large number of rattlesnakes that have made their home in the nooks and crannies of the outcropping. Little has been publicly written about the site, however it came under the protection of the State of California in 1974.

Due to the close proximity of the town of Daggett, Rattlesnake Rock has had it’s fair share of vandalism. In an effort to curb the vandalism a chain-link fence with barbed-wire was erected around the butte. While the fence can sometimes obscure the view there are still plenty of photographic opportunities.

The geographic location of Rattlesnake Rock falls between the territories of the Paiute, Mohave, and Chemehuevi. Many of the designs are similar to those found in Chemehuevi/Mojave territories in the Mojave National Preserve, as well as Paiute known inhabited areas such as Inscription Canyon (Hinkley/Barstow).

 

Petroglyphs at Rattlesnake Rock - Daggett, CA

Petroglyphs at Rattlesnake Rock – Daggett, CA

 

Petroglyphs and vandalism at Rattlesnake Rock - Daggett, CA

Petroglyphs and vandalism at Rattlesnake Rock – Daggett, CA

 

Vandalism at Rattlesnake Rock - Daggett, CA

Vandalism at Rattlesnake Rock – Daggett, CA

 

Secret Places in the Mojave Desert Vol. 7

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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.

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