Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs

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Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs (AZ:F:14:98 ASM)
Many petroglyphs on a rock.JPG
Petroglyphs on a rock in Grapevine Canyon.
Nearest cityLaughlin, Nevada
Coordinates35°13′38″N 114°41′08″W / 35.2271°N 114.6856°W / 35.2271; -114.6856Coordinates: 35°13′38″N 114°41′08″W / 35.2271°N 114.6856°W / 35.2271; -114.6856
NRHP reference #84000799
Added to NRHPDecember 15, 1984

The Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs are located in Grapevine Canyon on Spirit Mountain near Laughlin, Nevada, and are listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.[1] The area is also known as Christmas Tree Pass.[2] While the petroglyphs extend through the canyon, a significant concentration lies at the entrance to the canyon which is at an elevation of 2,395 feet (730 m).[3] The area features over 700 petroglyphs and many rock shelters.[4]


The glyphs were created between 1100 and 1900 AD.[5] Both the meaning of the glyphs and their creators remains unclear although the area was inhabited by the Mojave.[6]

The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 1984.[7] Mapping of the estimated 250 panels of glyphs was conducted in 2009.[8]

In March 2010, David R. Smith, accompanied by two other individuals, defaced 30 areas of petroglyphs by shooting them with an automatic paintball gun. He was sentenced to serve time in federal prison and pay almost $10,000 in restitution.[4]

Grapevine Canyon[edit]

The canyon itself is located in the Bridge Canyon Wilderness [9] and the Spirit Mountain Wilderness as well as partially being in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.[10]



  1. ^ National Register of Historic Places
  2. ^ "Spirit Mountain Viewpoint". Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  3. ^ Jim Boone (2010-02-28). "Rock Art Around Grapevine Canyon". Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  4. ^ a b Huber, Craig. "AZ man sentenced for defacing petroglyphs with paintball gun." Fox 5 News. 22 Aug 2011 (retrieved 23 Aug 2011)
  5. ^ "Grapevine Canyon". Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  6. ^ Don Shepherd (2009-02-06). "Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs and Creation Mythology". The Online Nevada Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  7. ^ "Nevada Entries in the National Register of Historic Places". Archived from the original on 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  8. ^ "Grapevine Canyon petroglyphs being mapped". Mohave Valley News. Archaeology Daily News. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  9. ^ Wall, Deborah (2007-11-06). "Rocks stal spotlight along hike". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  10. ^ "Spirit Mountain Wilderness" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-03-15.