Sheep Springs Petroglyphs

Like many of the petroglyph sites (Steam Wells, Terese) in the area, the petroglyphs at Sheep Springs date back to the era of the Kawaiisu. Some of the petroglyphs have a “Coso style” to them which may date them to pre-AD 100. It is thought that the Sheep Springs petroglyphs were created by only a few shaman over a long period of time. The images depicted here are not always easy to make out, there are obvious designs like bighorn sheep, and anthropomorphic figures, but there is a high concentration of abstract designs.

There are also several milling stations and grinding slicks scattered among the petroglyphs. These milling stations were used to grind nuts, seeds, and even the bodies of small animals.

Sheep Springs now runs underground, with one location where the water surfaces.










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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.