Near McKittrick in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Bedrock mortars, or grinding holes for the preparation of food, are also found at Painted Rock. Cupules, or smaller holes pecked in the Rock, may have served as petroglyphs, or as a place for mixing paint pigments.
Rock painting held an important meaning in the lives of the native peoples on the Carrizo Plain. The images were likely created by spiritual leaders and tribal members for ceremonial, spiritual, and cultural purposes. These cultural images are evidence of prolonged use and display the significance of Painted Rock as gathering place. It stands today as a monument of California’s rich cultural heritage.
The meanings of the paintings are not fully understood. However, the images found here and other cultural materials are clues to the traditional lifeways of the native peoples that used Painted
Erected by Bureau of Land Management, The California Department of Fish and Games and The Nature Conservancy.
Location. 35° 9.25′ N, 119° 51.94′ W. Marker is near McKittrick, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker can be reached from Soda Lake Road. Touch for map. Only accessible with pre-arranged tours. Located within the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17495 Soda Lake Rd, Mc Kittrick CA 93251, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soda Lake (approx. 6.3 miles away); Wallace Creek (approx. 8.4 miles away).
More about this marker. To access this area, you must reserve a tour in advance. Guided tours are on Saturdays in April & May. Self-guided tours are daily from August-February. Tours meet at the Goodwin Education Center off of Soda Lake Road.
Also see . . .
1. Recreation.Gov. Reserve a tour. (Submitted on July 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
2. Carrizo Plain National Monument. Visitor information, maps, etc. (Submitted on July 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 595 times since then. Last updated on November 21, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. 8, 9. submitted on February 4, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 10, 11. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.