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Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Trailhead parking (view northwest)

Overview

The Crystal Wash Main rock art site is an area of desert-varnished boulders along a sandy wash and on a hillside above the wash. Above the wash, ancient people stayed in the area for long periods of time, probably living here during winters. While here, they flaked a stones, built fires, broke ceramic vessels, and etched the rocks with representational (e.g., bighorn sheep and human figures) and abstract images.

The BLM and Lincoln County opened this area to the public, and Lincoln County printed a brochure with information about the site (including GPS coordinates) as part of their Get Primitive tourism campaign. Download the brochure from Lincoln County or snatch a copy here.

Link to Wide Area Map or Site Map.

Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Marker style used in this area

Location

Crystal Wash Main rock art site is located beyond the Pahranagat Valley about 110 miles north of Las Vegas on Highway 93.

From town, drive north on Interstate 15 to US Highway 93 (Table 1, Site 0674). Exit onto Highway 93 and drive north past Alamo and Ash Springs to the intersection of Highways 93 and 318 (Site 0677). Continue on Highway 93 for 4.06 miles to a large dirt parking area on the left (north) side of the road (Site 1099).

 

Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site

In the dirt parking area, a barbed-wire gate (Site 1100) blocks the access road. Open the barbed-wire gate, drive through, and close it behind you. Stay left and proceed 100 yards to another fork in the road (Site 1101). Turn right and follow the two-track road to the parking area (Site 1102), which is just before reaching the broad, sandy wash in the bottom of the valley. The sign-in register is adjacent to the parking area. Park here; this is the trailhead.

Details of the access road are presented here.

Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Isolated boulder in the wash (Wpt. 13)

Hours

The area is always open, but it probably should be considered day-use only. There are no established camping areas.

Fees

None.

Note: In this area, gasoline is available only in Alamo and Ash Springs.

Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Marker #2. Scattered boulders

The Hike

From the trailhead (Table 2, Waypoint 10), the route (no established trail) runs northeast about 30 feet to the sign-in register (Wpt. 11), then another 30 feet to a boulder with Marker #1 (Wpt. 12). From there, the route heads over to the wash and follows it downstream for about 0.27 miles to a large boulder in the wash (Wpt. 13). Surprisingly, this well-marked boulder does not have a marker, and therefore hints at the riches to be found off the beaten path.

From this boulder, the route turns south into a boulder field where two areas have site markers (Wpt. 14, Marker 02; Wpt.15, Marker 03).

Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Marker #4. Use for landmark on the horizon.

Winding around the boulder pile at Marker 03, the route heads west towards tall, upright boulders on the skyline across the wash and up on a low hill. The boulders are Marker 04 (Wpt. 16) and make for a good landmark. Immediately to the left (east) of the Marker-04 boulders, Marker 05 (Wpt. 17) is an unusual site because petroglyphs are marked on flat-ish bedrock.

Doubling back and continuing northwest past Marker 04, the route runs along a wall of cliffs to Marker 06 (Wpt. 18). Following the wall another 100 yards, the route turns north towards a remarkable panel with several humanoid figures. Along the way to the panel, the route passes a north-facing rock shelter (Marker 07; Wpt. 19) with pictographs. The humanoid panel (Marker 08; Wpt. 20) is the most remarkable panel in the area.

Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Marker 8. Humanoid Panel (view north)

Around behind the humanoid panel, the route passes another nice petroglyph panel (Marker 09; Wpt. 21) and then another shelter site (Marker 10; Wpt. 22) a bit more around the corner.

Marker 10 is the last marked site. From there, the route runs down the gentle hillside and back into the wash at the first big boulder (Wpt. 13) encountered on the way into the area. The route then runs back up the wash to the trailhead (Wpt. 10).

Site 2. Boulders
Site 1. Isolated boulder
Site 2. Boulders
Site 1. Isolated boulder
Site 2. Boulders
Site 1. Isolated boulder
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 1. Isolated boulder
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 2. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 2. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 2. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 2. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 2. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 2. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 2. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 2. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 3. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 3. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 3. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 3. Boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 4. Upright boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 4. Upright boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 4. Upright boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 4. Upright boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 4. Upright boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 4. Upright boulders
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 5. Bedrock site
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 5. Bedrock site
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 5. Bedrock site
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 5. Bedrock site
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 5. Bedrock site
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 5. Bedrock site
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 6. Boulder and "cupules"
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 6. Boulder and "cupules"
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 6. Boulder and "cupules"
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 6. Boulder and "cupules"
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 7. Rock shelter
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 7. Rock shelter
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 7. Rock shelter
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 7. Rock shelter
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 8. Humanoids
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 8. Humanoids
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 8. Humanoids
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 8. Humanoids
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 8. Humanoids
Site 8. Humanoids
Site 8. Humanoids
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 9. Boulder
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 9. Boulder
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site
Site 10. Rock Shelter with metates
Site 8. Humanoids
Walking back to the wash heading out (view NE)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site # Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0674 I-15 at Hwy 93 689188 4028063 36.38091 114.89089 2,232 Yes
0677 Hwy 93 at Hwy 318 657363 4154834 37.52891 115.21911 3,831 Yes
1099 Crystal Wash Main Turnoff 662810 4157094 37.54832 115.15699 4,225 GPS
1100 Crystal Wash Main Gate 662794 4157154 37.54887 115.15715 4,211 GPS
1101 Crystal Wash Main Fork 662720 4157198 37.54928 115.15798 4,204 GPS
1102 Crystal Wash Main Parking 662487 4158033 37.55684 115.16044 4,138 GPS

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates based on GPS data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
10 Crystal Wash Main Trailhead 662492 4158037 4,146 0.00 0.00 GPS
11 Crystal Wash Main Register 662498 4158044 4,141 0.01 0.01 GPS
12 Crystal Wash Main Marker 01 662508 4158049 4,142 0.00 0.01 GPS
13 Crystal Wash Main Isolated Boulder 662135 4157931 4,134 0.27 0.28 GPS
14 Crystal Wash Main Marker 02 662128 4157884 4,124 0.04 0.32 GPS
15 Crystal Wash Main Marker 03 662132 4157844 4,125 0.03 0.35 GPS
16 Crystal Wash Main Marker 04 662024 4157823 4,127 0.08 0.43 GPS
17 Crystal Wash Main Marker 05 662031 4157819 4,125 0.01 0.44 GPS
18 Crystal Wash Main Marker 06 662003 4157842 4,130 0.02 0.46 GPS
19 Crystal Wash Main Marker 07 661963 4157906 4,135 0.06 0.52 GPS
20 Crystal Wash Main Marker 08 661970 4157915 4,138 0.01 0.53 GPS
21 Crystal Wash Main Marker 09 661962 4157933 4,144 0.01 0.54 GPS
22 Crystal Wash Main Marker 10 661979 4157932 4,149 0.02 0.56 GPS
13 Crystal Wash Main Isolated Boulder 662135 4157931 4,134 0.11 0.67 GPS
10 Crystal Wash Main Trailhead 662492 4158037 4,146 0.28 0.95 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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