Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Indian rock carvings are found throughout the Western Hemisphere. Indians living today deny any knowledge of their meaning. Are they family symbols, doodlings, or ceremonial markings? Your guess is as good as any.
Messages from the past are etched into the large bedrock outcrop at the foot of the slope. While the exact meaning or purpose of these petroglyphs remains unknown, several images are quite recognizable, including bighorn sheep, lizards, the sun, and human-like figures. The enigmatic images may reflect clan symbols, hunting stories, or messages to others passing through the region.
The spring is a geologic gift created by the Titus Canyon fault, which directed an underground flow of water to the surface. Producing 20 gallons a minute, the spring creates a small wetland before disappearing into the sand and gravel. The lush vegetation is an unexpected delight in the dry wash and must have been important to the creators of these petroglyphs.
The only source of water in Titus Canyon, Klare Spring supports cattails,
Bighorn sheep come for water in the morning and evening. Their coloration makes them difficult to spot, but movements reveal their presence.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Native Americans.
Location. 36° 50.483′ N, 117° 5.437′ W. Marker is in Death Valley National Park, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on Titus Canyon Road 18 miles west of Highway 374, on the right when traveling west. High ground clearance vehicle required. The 27-mile one-way canyon road begins near Rhyolite Nevada. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Death Valley CA 92328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leadfield (approx. 1.8 miles away); Old Stovepipe Wells (approx. 12.6 miles away); Keane Wonder Mine (approx. 15.6 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Titus Canyon Road Safety Information.
Also see . . . Titus Canyon. The Death Valley National Park website includes directions and safety tips. Also check the Alerts for road closures. (Submitted on November 3, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 3, 2020. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on November 8, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 3, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.