Crescent Canyon Petroglyphs

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This very short out and back trail bordering a nuclear waste disposal site leads to several massive boulders covered in Native American artwork. The trail is a washed-out and rutted two-track across very flat dirt. The deep ruts may require 4WD or careful tire placement if you have a high clearance truck or SUV. This trail is not recommended for passenger cars. Do not drive this route in wet conditions. There are numerous rocks at the base of the cliffs with cracks barely large enough to fit inside. There are various petroglyphs within these cracks and on the face of other huge rocks. They depict humans, animals, and symbols thought to be celestial in origin. It has been written about this site that many human figures at the site seem to be produced by the Fremont people, which date around AD 1 to 1300. There is no camping along this route since it's a protected site next to a nuclear waste landfill. There is wonderful free camping along Thompson Bench Road.