“Birthday Canyon” Petroglyphs

Back in the fall of 2006 I met up with Cori and Lewis for a hike up “Birthday Canyon” to visit several panels of Coso Style petroglyphs. The moderate hike was an interesting one up a remote desert canyon that opened and closed itself freely making the overall trek a real joy with its ever changing topography. Both sandy washes and boulders graced this canyon and as nearing its head, basalt cliffs and basalt boulders, a favorite palette of the Coso people, rise out of the canyon floor and quickly draw the canyon to a close.

No one is certain when or how the first people (paleoindians) visited the Coso region, though many archeologists believe the Coso people came across the Bering Strait during the last ice age and scientific tests show that some Coso rock art dates back at least 12,000 years; though most of it dates from 1,000 to 3,000 years old. Today’s Coso Paiute Indians believe that their ancestors emerged from the mud of the Coso Hot Springs.

If you happen upon this site in your travels, as with all sites, please respect it and take only photos!

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