Huell travels to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake to see some rock art that is arguably the largest concentration within the Western Hemisphere, and can number 6000 images just in one small canyon area of 1.5 miles alone. Though an accurate dating technique is still being sought, it is thought that certain petroglyphs date as much as 16,000 years old, with others made as recently as 1800. This rock art is so important to our cultural heritage and our knowledge of the desert’s past that in 1964 the sites were listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Maturango Museum 760-375-6900

Friends of Last Chance Canyon 760-377-4976

 2008