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SOLD OUT!: Day Trip to China Lake: Petroglyphs at Renegade Canyon

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  • Please Note: Read the directions very carefully below before you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

    1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

    2) Petroglyph Tours cost $40 per person.

    3) Download the forms:

    Make sure to select the Sunday, November 24th, tour as your 1st choice.

    4) Follow the directions to submit the form with payment to the Maturango Museum

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

    6) All visitors must be USA citizens.

    7) All visitors must be over 10 years of age. 

    8) No pets.

    9) Visitors must be in good physical condition.

    11) The petroglyphs are in a desert mountain canyon. The ground is uneven sand and rock, temperatures are extremely variable, water is essential.

    12) Dress appropriately, no open-toed shoes.Bring required documents including valid vehicle registration and insurance. Your vehicle will be inspected on the base.

    13) We have to be at the Maturango Museum by 6:30 AM. Its a 2 1/2 hour drive to the museum in Ridgecrest from LA. So you must either wake up at an ungodly hour to head over to the museum. Or you stay overnight at a hotel/motel near the USA.

    14) I will be staying overnight (Saturday, the 23rd) at the Hampton Inn & Suites Ridgecrest:

    Last winter, a friend told me that there was a museum that offered tours of petroglyphs in a military base and recommended it to me. I did some research and found out it was the Maturango Museum in Ridgcrest and they take you on a guided to to a Naval base in China Lake, a dry lake in the desert. So come join me on an all day trip to see petroglyphs at China Lake!

    From the Maturango Museum website:

    "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."

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  • Chrissy

    Couldn't find anyone to share a room and now it's sold out. That's the way the cookie crumbles. Have a nice time folks!

    November 6, 2013

    • Yumi R.

      Aww. Thought you'd confirmed a while back.

      November 8, 2013

    • Chrissy

      No wasn't going to buy a ticket w/out a room first.

      November 16, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Sold out, so I cannot go...unless someone needs to sell their ticket..

    November 6, 2013

  • SunnyDE

    Wonderful trip I highly recommend this. I did it a few years ago!

    October 24, 2013

  • Chrissy

    Does anyone want to share a room? The person I asked accused me of snoring..... :D

    October 13, 2013

  • Steev


    September 4, 2013

  • Suzi O.

    This tour is incredible and I highly recommend it. The highest concentration of petroglyphs in the hemisphere! Weather may be extreme so prepare for cold and wind. Motel 6 nearby is really inexpensive but very run down.

    September 4, 2013


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