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Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area, NV

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,596 feet
Elevation Gain 20 feet
Accumulated Gain 50 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 0.75
Interest Ruins & Historic
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Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 137
Routes 111
Photos 5,253
Trips 942 map ( 2,097 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Jun → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:34am - 5:46pm
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Visit the middle of nowhere!
by PaleoRob

Likely In-Season!
Overview: If you have ever driven that long, desolate road from Ely to Reno, you would have passed the Hickison Petroglyphs Recreation Area. On this lonely bluff, thousands of years ago, people of the Desert Archaic culture left their marks.


Warning: There is no water and very little shade at the trailhead or trail itself. The area is very remote, so while the trail is not challenging, the nearest help is in Austin, NV; not exactly a bustling hub with tons of services. Be careful.

History: The Pony Express and Butterfield Stage routes ran across the open spaces of central Nevada. Hundreds of years before the horse routes opened, stringing the fledgling American nation together, these valleys were home to nomadic hunter-gatherers. These people, collectively called the Desert Archaic culture by today's archaeologists, hunted big game like mammoths during the wetter times. They gathered nuts and berries from trees and shrubs, and came together at the Hickison site to leave their marks. What the enigmatic markings on the sandstone mean today is unknown.

Hike: The hike starts in the parking area and heads south to the draw between two buttes. The petroglyphs are located along the southeast bluff. The hike is not difficult or long. It is the remote location and the expansive views from the summits, and the interesting rock art, that make the visit worthwhile.

Water Sources: Austin, 20 miles to the west on US50.

Camping: There is a primitive campsite with vault toilets and no water at the trailhead. The nearest services are in Austin.

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2010-10-04 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area
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    Stopped by on my way out to California for a wedding. Interesting, but the Petroglyph Butte rock art is both superior in quality and in terms of preservation. Obviously a fertility site.
    The road branches just off the highway. The right branch says trailhead - this is for another series of trails that are not part of this hike. If you go, stick to the left towards the campground.

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    To hike
    From Austin, NV, take US50 east to the signed turnoff for Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area. The dirt road leads directly to the trailhead. The trail starts to the left - the campground is to the right.
    page created by PaleoRob on Oct 04 2010 7:48 pm
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