Day Trip to China Lake: Petroglyphs at Renegade Canyon

  • April 27 · 6:30 AM
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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: http://www.maturango.org/Resources/petrodates.pdf

Make sure to select the Sunday,April 27th, 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 and 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 26th) at the Hampton Inn & Suites Ridgecrest: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32966-d1673696-Reviews-Hampton_Inn_Suites_Ridgecrest-Ridgecrest_California.html

Last winter, PP member Marla 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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  • Anita

    Received another message that it's back to it's original time...

    April 24

  • Anita

    I just received a call from the museum that the tour was delayed and to arrive at the museum around 9am.

    April 24

  • Sharon

    Just found out I have a work conference that weekend. Sorry have to bow out.

    February 25

  • Robert

    Please make sure you fax the form with your information to Maturango. Their fax is[masked]--0479. It doesn't matter if you submitted it last year. You need to resubmit the latest form on their website by fax to them. They are now asking for SSN numbers because the military is requesting it since it is a high security clearance base that we will be entering to see the petroglyphs. So do it soon or you won't get added to the the April 27th date.

    February 21

  • Robert

    Just a reminder: do not RSVP 'Yes' until you actually followed all the above instructions. If I notice that you drop out of the event - that means I know you didn't follow instructions and I will mark you down as a No Show for the event.

    February 20

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