Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Grimes Point Petroglyphs April 4, 2012

I left Berlin-Icthyosaur State Park and drove back to Highway 50. When I arrived on Highway 50 I realized that I was only 40 miles from one of the premier boulder petroglyph sites in northern Nevada- Grimes Point. While time and vandalism has taken a toll on some of the rock art; a visitor can still observe dozens of beautiful symbols.

Location and general information: Grimes Point is located 10 miles to the east of Fallon, Nevada, directly off of Highway 50. Ammenities include a parking lot with restrooms and picknick tables. A one mile petroglyph trail gives visitors a chance to see some of the more prominent rock art. A longer trail over two miles in length circles Grimes Point, giving visitors a view of the surrounding area. Hidden Cave is open to visitors during tours.

Short history of the area: Historians believe that Grimes Point was first visited by Native Americans 8,000 years ago when much of Nevada was covered by a network of lakes. In this area would have been ancient Lake Lahotan. As the lake began to dry up, many prehistoric animals would have used this area to find food. The presence of wildlife and water would have attracted Native Americans to the area. One theory for the creation of rock art is that it was part of a ritual which helped to ensure a successful hunting trip. On this blog I have included some of my favorite pictures from Grimes Point. (Information from Hiking Nevada By Bruce Grubbs and )

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