Canyon Route NR8460

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Following the Rodman Mountains Wilderness border while on BLM land, Canyon Route provides access to some of the most beautiful and extensive 2,000-year-old petroglyphs open to the public. With a short hike to both sides of the canyon, you will discover the evidence of ancient Indians grinding areas used for seeds and grains, along with an abundance of intaglios and trails on top of the canyon. The rough rocky trail, partially responsible for preserving the intaglios by limiting access, requires a high clearance vehicle. The first part of the trail is well maintained due to its use by the Red Top Mine, an active cinder mine aptly named for its mining red cinder. An excellent dispersed camping spot is located near the canyon's end on BLM land and can be used following the guidelines provided by the BLM Barstow Field Office.