Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
Sloan Canyon is a National Conservation Area west of Boulder City administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Covering 48,000 acres, it includes the Sloan Canyon Petroglyph Site with rock art dating back thousands of years, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Backstory and Context
The black rock of Sloan Canyon is evidence of volcanic activity 13 million years ago. The black volcanic rock was the perfect canvas. There are 318 petroglyph, or rock art panels and 1,700 individual design elements documented in Sloan Canyon, created by the first Nevadans thousands of years ago. It is considered one of the most significant cultural resources in Southern Nevada.
Hiking and horseback riding are allowed and this is the best way to see this unique ecosystem and heritage site. Remember it can get hot in the Mojave Desert! Bring water. Stay on the trails and roads, and leave the rest of the desert to the rattlesnakes. Help protect this ancient Nevada heritage site by leaving only your footprints.
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