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White River Narrows Archeological District -- Overview
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White River Narrows Rock Art Site
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White River Narrows Rock Art Site
Hwy 318 at Old White River Narrows Road (view E)

Overview

The White River Narrows Archeological District, located in Basin and Range National Monument, is an area of outstanding rock art that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The White River cut a narrow canyon through light-colored volcanic rock (rhyolite), providing a series of desert-varnished and unvarnished rock panels on which the ancients etched and painted representational (e.g., bighorn sheep and human figures) and abstract images. Unfortunately, vandals added their marks, too (some photos were edited to deny vandals the publicity they seek).

The BLM and Lincoln County opened this area to the public. The BLM printed a single-sheet flier, and Lincoln County printed a 55-page 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). Stay off the unpaved road if it is muddy.

Link to Map.

White River Narrows
Fork in the road at 0.15 miles out (view NE)

Location

The White River Narrows Archeological District is located beyond the Pahranagat Valley about 131 miles north of Las Vegas on Highway 318.

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 Highway 93 and Highway 318 (Site 0677; about 110 miles out). In this area, gasoline is available only in Alamo and Ash Springs.

Turn left onto Highway 318 and drive west then north for 23.8 miles to White River Narrows Road on the right. In about 0.15 miles, the dirt road forks. Staying left, White River Narrows Road runs out to three of the rock art sites; staying right, Valley of Faces Road runs out to two other sites.

Calendar Fence Site

White River Narrows Road, Calendar Fence Site

Calendar Fence Site is a small site composed of one long horizontal line with a multitude of short vertical lines rising up from the horizontal line. There are a couple of other marks on the stone, but they might be recent additions, and there are no other petroglyphs in the immediate area.

Martian Home Site

White River Narrows Road, Martian Home Site

Martian Home is a small site composed of one well-marked panel and one ancillary petroglyph. The artwork here is unusual because the rock wall is not varnished, and so native peoples just carved their marks into the relatively soft stone. The glyphs here are unusual too in that they largely depict oval figures with various bands and antennae.

Amphitheater Site

White River Narrows Road, Amphitheater Site

Amphitheater is the major site in this area and is composed of three well-marked panels and several ancillary petroglyph panels. The artwork here includes unvarnished carved stone and typical petroglyphs pecked into desert varnish. Unfortunately, the panels here have been badly marked by vandals.

Cane Site A

Valley of Faces Road, Cane Site A

Cane Site A is a small site composed of boulders on the end of a small rockpile. Many of the boulders are marked, including some near the top. The petroglyphs here are mostly abstract, but a few are representational.

Ash Hill Site

Valley of Faces Road, Ash Hill Site

Ash Hill Site is a small site composed of petroglyphs carved into an unvarnished cliff. The petroglyphs here are entirely abstract, the main glyph of which is a long line of dots.

White River Narrows Modern people have added their marks to the walls. While some of these are old and represent early white settlement of the area, let's be sure to leave the rock walls as we find them.

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
1105 Hwy 318 at Wt River Narrows Rd 670994 4187415 37.81998 115.05729 4,471 GPS
1106 White River Narrows Rd Fork 1 671191 4187421 37.82000 115.05505 4,440 GPS
1107 White River Narrows Rd Fork 2 671347 4187392 37.81971 115.05328 4,440 GPS
1108 White River Narrows Rd Fork 3 671956 4187537 37.82091 115.04633 4,509 GPS
1109 White River Narrows Rd Fork 4 672453 4187644 37.82177 115.04066 4,496 GPS
1110 White River Narrows Rd Fork 5 672518 4188436 37.82890 115.03974 4,523 GPS
1111 White River Narrows Rd End 672607 4189044 37.83436 115.03857 4,561 GPS
1112 Wt River Alt Rd Petro 1 671953 4187166 37.81756 115.04646 4,494 GPS
1113 Wt River Alt Rd Fork 671995 4187090 37.81687 115.04599 4,527 GPS
1114 Wt River Alt Rd Petro 2 671748 4187195 37.81786 115.04877 4,503 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) Verified
01 Wt River Narrows Register 672607 4189039 4,550 GPS
02 Amphitheater Site (Site 1) 672488 4188999 4,555 GPS
03 Martian Home Site (Site 2) 672347 4188435 4,516 GPS
04 Calendar Fence Site (Site 3) 672478 4187572 4,494 GPS
05 Ash Hill Site (Site 4) 671990 4187155 4,512 GPS
06 Cane Site A (Site 5) 671747 4187188 4,495 GPS

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