Rock Springs Petroglyphs (Mojave National Preserve)

Rock Spring is located near Round Valley, in the Mid Hills region of the Providence Mountains. It is not only the site of dozens of petroglyphs, but also, Camp Rock Springs, a military outpost along the Mojave Road in the 1860s.

The petroglyphs are carved on walls of granite, along the banks of a wash.  Both the Mojave and Chemehuevi Indians were known to use the spring, the petroglyphs were probably created by members of both tribes. The designs are largely made up of abstract, circles and zig-zag lines. Many of the petroglyphs are naturally well-worn from the elements, making them difficult to spot.

As well as Native American petroglyphs, there are also several inscriptions left by the soldiers that were stationed at the military outpost.


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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.