Petroglyph Park is a new addition to LeRoy Jackson Park. This new Kern County Park is dedicated to observing and honoring the Native American culture and its art.
This new Kern County Park is dedicated to observing and honoring the Native American culture and its art. During your time here you will be able to observe examples of the work and art created by those who lived here many millenniums ago, some of it dating back more than 13,000 years. The petroglyphs, pictographs, trails and blinds shown here are artistic representations of the work created by indigenous natives. It is important to know that these representations of existing art look exactly as you would see if you were able to travel to original tribal grounds and habitat. Much of what you see replicated here can be found on the vast Naval Air Weapons Station and has been protected by the Navy since World War II. Other representations come from many miles away, but largely in or near the Indian Wells Valley.
In addition to observing the creative art work of Native Americans, your trip around Petroglyph Park will be an educational adventure. You will be peeking into the past and learning how the original citizens of the area lived thousands of years ago. It is interesting to note that Kern County moved more than 220 tons of stones for the Rock Art. Also, except for the sod used in the play/recreation areas, all of the landscaping is drought tolerant and significantly reduces the need for irrigation.
The 12-acres of Petroglyph Park have been carefully designed to provide both a unique opportunity to view an ancient culture as well as some traditional park facilities. Here you find restrooms, cooking and eating facilities and playground areas for the younger visitors. The unique departure from a traditional park is obvious by the presence of rock slabs, rock formations and many artifacts of the Native American culture that lived in the desert thousands of years ago.
Much more information on the geography, genealogy, and history of petroglyphs and people of this area can be found at Maturango Museum, just a block north of the Petroglyph Park.
Click the image below for more information about the inaugural Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival (November 14-16, 2014):