Fall Petroglyph Tours

Fall Petroglyph Tour dates and information will be posted here on Monday, August 17, 2015. Join our eMail list to be kept up-to-date on all Petroglyph Tour Information.

Petroglyph Tours

Petroglyph Tours

In the canyons and plateaus of the Coso Mountains are thousands of images left by the hunter-gatherer people who populated this region in times past. The images, called petroglyphs, are carved into basalt rocks, and range in age from Paleoindian times to the present.

This is the largest known concentration of petroglyphs in the western hemisphere and is located on the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. Public access is permitted to the petroglyphs that are located in lower Renegade Canyon (also known as Little Petroglyph Canyon). Access is limited to tours with Navy-approved guides.

People interested in visiting the petroglyphs can take museum-sponsored tours during the Spring and Fall months. Individual dates are announced on the Maturango Museum website.

Fall Petroglyph Tour dates and information will be posted here on Monday, August 17, 2015. Join our eMail list to be kept up-to-date on all Petroglyph Tour Information.

Because the tour is on an active Navy base, all persons on the tour must follow Navy rules.

  • All visitors must be US citizens.
  • All visitors must be over 10 years of age. No pets.
  • Visitors must be in good physical condition.
  • The petroglyphs are in a desert mountain canyon. The ground is uneven sand and rock, temperatures are extremely variable, water is essential.
  • Dress appropriately, no open-toed shoes.
  • Bring required documents including valid vehicle registration and insurance. Your vehicle will be inspected on the base.

Please download and complete BOTH the Petroglyph Application by clicking on the ‘Application for Petroglyph Tours’ photo along with the SECNAV Form, NAWS PAO by clicking on the ‘ECNAV Form, NAWS PAO’ photo. Both form sMUST be completed and returned.

The Navy’s Department of Security now requires this form ‘ECNAV Form, NAWS PAO’ to be completed and signed by every person age 16 and over going on a Petroglyph Tour on the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, as of September 5, 2014. This is basically an application for a temporary permit for access to NAWC during the day of your petroglyph tour. Thank you.

The ECNAV Form, NAWS PAO form will ONLY open in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download or upgrade, please go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Inappropriate Footwear for Petroglyph Tours

Inappropriate Footwear

Petroglyph Tours cost $30 for museum members and $40 for nonmembers.

The museum provides experienced, trained tour guides. Please:

  • Read all the information
  • Download the forms (Application and SECNAV Form, NAWS PAO using ONLY Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Follow the directions to submit the form with payment to the Maturango Museum

Inappropriate Footwear

School and other special tours are available. Please contact Linda Saholt at 760/375-6900 or emailing by clicking on the icon below.

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email-iconFor more information on Petroglyph Tours, contact the Petroglyph Coordinator Linda Saholt Wednesday to Friday 10am – 12pm and 1 pm – 4 pm at 760-375-6900 or emailing by clicking on the icon above.

Petroglyph Tour Procedures

Petro Tour Pamphlet

Petroglyph Tour Information Pamphlet

Petro Tour Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Petroglyph Tours

Please download and complete the Petroglyph Application (5 pages) by clicking on the ‘Application for Petroglyph Tours‘ photo.

The last three pages of  the ‘Application for Petroglyph Tours‘ which contains  SECNAV Form, NAWS PAO can be complete in Adobe Acrobat reader by clicking on the ‘SECNAV Form, NAWS PAO – Fill-in Enabled’ link. This form will ONLY open in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download or upgrade, please go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

The Navy’s Department of Security now requires this form ‘SECNAV Form, NAWS PAO’ to be completed and signed by every person age 18 and over going on a Petroglyph Tour on the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, as of September 5, 2014. This is basically an application for a temporary permit for access to NAWC during the day of your petroglyph tour. Thank you.

Petro Tour application

Application for Petroglyph Tours

This form includes dates, Petroglyph Application and SECNAV Form

SECNAV Form, NAWS PAO

SECNAV Form, NAWS PAO - Fill-in Enabled

This form is fill-in enabled and requires the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

SECNAV Form, NAWS PAO

SECNAV Form, NAWS PAO - Non-Fill-in Enabled

This form can be downloaded, printed and completed.


Petroglyph Tour Photos



Petroglyph Tour Guides’ Appreciation Event, Feb. 08, 2015



Petroglyph Park Photos (located one block from the Maturango Museum)


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Shaman images courtesy of Milt Burford

Maturango Museum
100 East Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760-375-6900 | FAX 760-375-0479
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm
(Excluding Major Holidays)

Shaman images courtesy of Milt Burford

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