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Author Topic: Black Mountains and Inscription Canyon Petroglyphs  (Read 8 times)
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« on: July 13, 2019, 10:44:24 PM »

The Black Mountains cover a very remote portion of the Mojave Desert northwest of Barstow and make a great one-day exploring trip.  Our road trip starts on Harper Dry Lake (where Howard Hughes once tested aircraft), takes you into Black Canyon to look for petroglyphs, past an old stagecoach stop, through an area known for its opals, to Inscription Canyon with it’s large collection of petroglyphs and, all along the way, you can enjoy the beautiful panoramic desert vistas.
Length:   About 50 miles one-way
•   High clearance vehicle, 4WD required
•   Challenging to navigate
•   Lots of side roads, easy to make a wrong turn
•   Very remote area – cell phones will not work
•   Petroglyphs
•   Desert wetlands
•   Drive over large dry lake
•   Historical aviation site
•   Opal mining area
•   Long desert views
•   Modern solar power plants
Best times to make this run: Winter, Spring and Fall. Summer is just way to HOT!
As mentioned, this trip is in a very remote area so be sure you leave with a full day’s supply of fuel, water and food.  Part of the route passes over Harper Dry Lake.  If it has rained recently and the dry lake appears wet, do not attempt to cross it.  Seek an alternate route around the lake or run our suggested route in reverse.
Although no known scientific dating has been performed on the etchings here, experts believe that these petroglyphs, and the ones you’ll see later at Inscription Canyon, are between 500-2,000 years old.  The band of Native Americans that are believed to have created these etchings are the named the Kawaiisu.  They lived in the nearby Tehachapi Mountains and the central Mojave Desert.

Tom Witt, President VV4W
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