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Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site
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Shooting Gallery trailhead parking (view NW)

Overview

The Shooting Gallery rock art site, located in a disjunct section of Basin and Range National Monument, is an area of desert-varnished boulders in a bowl-shaped mountain valley with a narrow outlet canyon. Ancient people stayed here during summers flaking stones, building fires, breaking ceramic vessels, and etching the rocks with representational (e.g., bighorn sheep and human figures) and abstract images. They also hunted bighorn sheep using rock piles to simulate hunters and scare sheep down into the narrow canyon where they would easier to shoot.

This site is special. Please do all you can to take care of it.

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. A newer guide (4MB PDF) is also available (or here).

Link to Wide Area Map or Site Map.

Shooting Gallery
Inside the sign-in register

Location

The Shooting Gallery rock art site is located in the Pahranagat Valley about 85 miles north of Las Vegas on Highway 93.

From town, drive north on Interstate 15 to US Highway 93. Exit onto Highway 93 northbound and drive to Alamo. In Alamo, take South Richardville Road northbound to Canyon Road. Turn left onto Canyon Road and drive westward then south into the mountains.

Canyon Road (also called Curtis Canyon Road) is graded, but rather steep in two places, but the 0.3-mile Shooting Gallery Access Road to the trailhead is not maintained and requires a 4WD vehicle or sturdy boots. For details, see Shooting Gallery Access Road.

Shooting Gallery
The trails runs southwest, then turns northwest (view SW)

Hours

The area is always open, but it 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.

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Shooting Gallery trail follows old road (view NW)

The Hike

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 01), the route (an old road) runs southwest for a few yards and then northwest towards the bottom of the broad valley to the northwest. The trail runs down into a wash, and from that point, all of the rock piles to the north and west might have petroglyph panels.

The area around Wpt. 04 appears to have been a village site with lots of stone flakes, a few pot shards, and lots of petroglyphs. Many nice panels can be found on boulders between Wpts. 04 and 06.

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Shooting Gallery trail runs down into the wash (view NW)

Farther up the canyon (Wpt. 07), a nice "Pahranagat Man" glyph can be seen on large boulder, and some nice panels can be found up the gully southwest of the village area (Wpts. 08-10).

This is an area to wander about, marvel at the plethora of fine rock art, and consider the lives of people who lived here for thousands of years.

When ready, follow your footprints back to the trailhead.

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Shooting Gallery trail in the wash (view NW)
Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site
Trail to petroglyph area (view NW)
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Shooting Gallery welcome sign
Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site
Petroglyph area: check every boulder
Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site
Typical petroglyph panel (Wpt. 07)
Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site
Deer with star-burst antlers (Wpt. 06)
Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site
Perhaps a frog?
Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site
Petroglyphs and red pictographs
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Returning to thee Shooting Gallery trailhead parking area (view E)
Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site
Returning to thee Shooting Gallery trailhead parking area (view E)

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

Wpt. Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Verified
01 Shooting Gallery Trailhead 652827 4135740 5,227 GPS
02 Shooting Gallery Register 652582 4136216 5,144 GPS
03 Edge of Petroglyph Area 652478 4136134 5,143 GPS
04 Village Area 652476 4136178 5,146 GPS
05 Seven Sheep Petroglyph 652320 4136195 5,222 GPS
06 Deer Star-burst Antler Petroglyph 652274 4136188 5,222 GPS
07 Pahranagat Man Petroglyph 652127 4136534 5,350 GPS
08 Mt. Lion Petroglyph 652345 4136077 5,224 GPS
09 Big Elk Petroglyph 652285 4136039 5,226 GPS
10 Blanket Man Petroglyph 652063 4135945 5,456 GPS
11 Village or Camp Area 652393 4135675 5,267 GPS

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