Atlatl Rock

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29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Valley Of Fire State Park, USA

Atlatl Rock Valley Of Fire State Park Reviews

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Launching into Valley of Fire Dec 29, 2016
Atlatl Rock is adjacent to the Beehives in Valley of Fire State Park, near the eastern entrance. An atlatl was a “slingshot for spears” (my description) used by the ancient inhabitants of the area. Although I have no idea how that became associated with this particular spot, there are clear marketing benefits. Valley of Fire hosts an annual ‘Atlatl Event’ which draws folk’s eager to compete using this weapon from the Stone Age – the one scheduled for 2017 was the 26th annual, so it boasts longevity.

The primary physical attraction of Atlatl Rock is a staircase leading to a lookout which affords pleasant views over the park. It is not a long climb, so an easy diversion. The sandstone walls here feature plentiful petroglyphs, ancient carvings in the rock. Indeed, you will happily encounter these throughout Valley of Fire, but Atlatl Rock is a particular hot spot. Sadly, at Atlatl Rock, many of the historic figures have been obscured by modern contributions of graffiti, and often disfigured by this senseless intervention.

There is another reason people drive down the short, twisty road to Atlatl Rock. Just beyond the staircase is one of the park campgrounds. Even if you are not pitching tents, I recommend heading back this way. Another attribute of Atlatl Rock are several, small, but well-formed stone arches and though these are visible from the staircase side, looking upon them from the campground side is much better. A short, but very worthwhile stop during your exploration of Valley of Fire.
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Zagnut66 says:
Shameful that people would desecrate the petroglyphs. Hopefully more can be done to protect them.
Posted on: May 08, 2017
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