Inscription Canyon Loop Drive

Barstow, California 92311

Inscription Canyon Loop Drive

Inscription Canyon Loop Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"You’ll drive through a rainbow-colored basin on your way to the Black Mountain area, which has one of the largest concentrations of Native American petroglyphs in the Mojave Desert. Though vandalized, Inscription Canyon has an array of petroglyphs—about 1,000 of them, created over the last 12,000 years—as does Black Canyon. The mysterious figures include drawings of circles, rays, zigzags, wavy lines and other shapes. A common figure is a circle with a line through it from top to bottom. Some contain images of bighorn sheep, deer, reptiles, birds, insects, plants and trees. Others represent stick and solid body images of humanlike figures along with various baskets, masks and shields. Watch for endangered desert tortoises, which venture onto roads."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
5-6 hours
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
BLM’s Barstow Field Office
Local Contacts
ACSC San Bernardino, BLM’s Cuddeback Lake, CRRA
Local Maps

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