If You Look Hard You Can See the Petroglyphs...
The Red Spring, or Calico Basin, Boardwalk is a delightful and fully accessible hike in the Calico Basin area of Red Rock Canyon NCA. The boardwalk is not on the Scenic Loop Drive, and there is no charge to use the area.
The 0.5-mile boardwalk loop starts in a picnic area, switchbacks gently up a hillside beneath towering Velvet Ash trees, and then makes a wide loop around an alkali meadow to Red Spring, which is at the far side of the meadow from the top of the hillside. Shaded benches provide pleasant places to watch swallows flying over the meadows, and signs provide information about the area.
From wikipedia: The first humans were attracted to the Red Rock area due to its resources of water, plant and animal life that could not be easily found in the surrounding desert. This made Red Rock Canyon NCA very attractive to hunters and gatherers such as the historical Southern Paiute and the much older Archaic, or Desert Culture Native Americans.
As many as six different Native American cultures may have been present at Red Rock over the millennia. The following chronology is an approximation:
Southern Paiute 900 to modern times
Patayan Culture 900 to early historic times in the 1800s
Anasazi 1 AD to 1150.
Pinto/Gypsum (Archaic) 3500 BC to 1 AD.
San Dieguito 7000 to 5500 BC.
Paleo-Indians (Tule Springs) 11,000 to 8000 BC.
Numerous petroglyphs as well as pottery fragments remain today throughout the area. In addition, several roasting pits used by the early Native Americans provide further evidence of human activity in the past at Red Rock.
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