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Near McKittrick in San Louis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Painted Rock

 
 
Painted Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 12, 2009
1. Painted Rock Marker
Inscription. Rising above the Carrizo Plain is Painted Rock, an important cultural and spiritual site to California’s native peoples. Most of the pictographs, or painted images found on Painted Rock, are characteristic of the Chumash who lived on the Channel Islands, central coast and interior region of California. The painting style of the Yokuts from the San Joaquin Valley also suggest their use of Painted Rock. The Salinan people in the Cholame area are the nearest native people to the northwest of Carrizo Plain.

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
Painted Rock Marker at the base of the trail to Painted Rock image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 12, 2009
2. Painted Rock Marker at the base of the trail to Painted Rock
Rock and the Carrizo Plain.
 
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 Louis 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.) 
 
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Painted Rock image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 12, 2009
3. Painted Rock
The paintings are inside the horseshoe. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 12, 2009
4. The paintings are inside the horseshoe.
Paintings on the wall within the horseshoe of Painted Rock image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 12, 2009
5. Paintings on the wall within the horseshoe of Painted Rock
Paintings image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 12, 2009
6. Paintings
Paintings image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 12, 2009
7. Paintings
Painted Rock (center) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 8, 2008
8. Painted Rock (center)
Painted Rock (right) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 8, 2008
9. Painted Rock (right)
Carrizo Plain National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 12, 2009
10. Carrizo Plain National Monument
Painted Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 12, 2009
11. Painted Rock Marker
Rules: The trail begins here, Stay on the trail, Do not climb on the rock, and Do not touch the rock of paintings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 570 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on July 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 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.
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