Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

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Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

Arizona

(928) 688-3246

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Overview

The site contains some outstanding rock art, representing 6,000 years of human habitation and use. The site has over 500 individual rock-art designs and elements on the cliffs and boulders surrounding the base of a 500-foot mesa. The different designs are associated with the cultures of the Great Basin, Western Anasazi and Lower Colorado River, only a few of the many cultures that have passed this way. Some of the representations of turtles, lizards and bear paws may be symbols with social or religious meanings that are now lost to us.

Please encourage your children to stay on the trails. They follow your example. Remember - This site is yours to share and appreciate, but once it's gone, it's gone forever.

Map of Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

Latitude, Longitude: 36.995232, -113.563163

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site is accessed by a dirt road. The site has over 500 individual rockart designs or elements on the cliffs and boulders at the base of a 500 foot mesa. The different designs are associated with the cultures of the Great Basin, Western Anasazi and Lower Colorado River, a suggestion of the many cultures that have been this way. Some of the representations of turtles, lizards, and bear paws may be symbols with social or religious meanings now lost in time.

    Geology - The lower slopes at Little Black Mountain are part of the Moenkopi Formation and are highly erodible. The higher up rocky ledges are of the Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation. Large blocks of this sandstone layer have broken off and tumbled down slope. People of several cultures carved petroglyphs on these fallen boulders.

    Soils - Mother Nature is taking a slow toll through erosion, exfoliation, and the growth of lichens. Touching and climbing on the boulders, or walking on the cryptogamic soils ( A very delicate crust of fungus and lichens on the soil surface) will speed up the destruction of this site.

    Plants - Creosote is the most prominent of the desert shrub species found here. Others include fourwing saltbush, burro brush, wolfberry, range ratany, Indigo bush, apache plume and mormon tea. April and May are the best months to see the desert plants in bloom.

    Wildlife - Several varieties of birds, large and small, make the Little Black Mountain area their home. Rabbits, ground squirrels, three species of rattlesnakes, lizards and scorpions live here. Black widow and brown recluse spiders - both poisonous- are also present in the area.

    Please encourage your children to stay on the trails. They follow your example. Remember - This site is yours to share and appreciate, but once it's gone, it's gone forever.

Directions

Driving

The site is 10 miles southeast of St. George, Utah. From St. George, travel south on Interstate 15 to Southern Parkway. Travel east on Southern Parkway for three miles to the River Road Exit, which is located at the Utah-Arizona state line. Take Quail Hill Road (BLM Road 1069) one-quarter mile south from the Utah-Arizona state line, turn left (east) and follow the signs 4.5 miles to the site.

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(928) 688-3246

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