Power Line Road Petroglyphs, NV

Power Line Road:
Take I-15 to Exit 27 (Hwy 146 – St. Rose Parkway), go 1 block east to S. Las Vegas Blvd.  Then turn right on S. Las Vegas Blvd. and go south approximately 2 miles to the power lines.  Or, if you are heading south on Las Vegas Blvd. continue on past the intersection of St. Rose Parkway for approximately 2 miles to the power lines.  If you are using mileage along with GPS coordinates, “zero your mileage” where the Power Line Road meets Las Vegas Blvd.
Turn left (east) under the power lines on the Power Line Road.
The first thing that you will come to is the Magnolia Power Sub Station.  You can go around it either to the left or right side staying on the road next to the sub station fence.  Once around the back side of the sub station you will see where the Power Line Road continues.  Follow the rusted power poles.
At approximately 3.6 miles from Las Vegas Blvd. you will come to the new dirt road crossing the Power Line Road.  Cross this road, continuing on the Power Line Road.
Stay on the Power Line Road, until you come to pole number X12084 (metal tag) – also the number 2068 is spray painted on the same pole.  About 100 feet after the pole, there will be a dirt road going to the right.  Turn right (south) and travel about .5 of a mile and you will drop into a dry wash.
Turn right in the wash.  Staying in the wash, the parking area is approximately .6 of a mile up the wash.  The parking area is as far as you can drive.  There is a sign with information and a sign in box at the parking area.  From here you walk up the wash to the petroglyph area.
The distance from the parking area to the main petroglyph site is approximately 1.1 miles.  Keep alert and you will see a few isolated petroglyphs (on your right) and a couple of nice panels (on your left) along the route to the main site.  At approximately .8 of a mile you will encounter the first of several small dry falls – this one was the location of the original parking area.  The next small rock area (dry fall) is about another .1 of a mile further and both are easily negotiated.
Continue to the last set of dry falls, which marks the beginning of the main site.  The petroglyphs start at the base of the lowest falls and you will see more as you are going up the rocks/falls.  Most people climb up the rocks on the left side of the dry falls (as you are facing up stream).  Once you reach the upper most of the dry falls, climb back down into the wash.  You are now at the main site.  There will be petroglyphs on both sides of the canyon, but most are on the right side as you are going up the wash.
Things that may be helpful:
The hike from the parking area to the main site is approximately 1.1 miles in a dry wash bottom made up of a loose sand and gravel mixture.  There is approximately a 170′ elevation gain from the parking area to the main site.
You will need to do some minor rock scrambling up the last set of dry falls just before the main site.
The main site has petroglyphs at the wash level as well as up on the hill sides.  You can go up on either hillside, sit down and look across to the other side.  A lot of petroglyphs that you did not see before will become visible.  The longer you look the more you will see.
I would highly recommend that you DO NOT take a passenger car to this site.  I would recommend a high-clearance vehicle because there are several places on the Power Line Road that are prone to wash outs.
For up-to-date information on road conditions, please call the Las Vegas BLM office at (702) 515-5000.
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Power Line Road:
Take I-15 to Exit 27 (Hwy 146 – St. Rose Parkway), go 1 block east to S. Las Vegas Blvd.  Then turn right on S. Las Vegas Blvd. and go south approximately 2 miles to the power lines.  Or, if you are heading south on Las Vegas Blvd. continue on past the intersection of St. Rose Parkway for approximately 2 miles to the power lines.  If you are using mileage along with GPS coordinates, “zero your mileage” where the Power Line Road meets Las Vegas Blvd.
Turn left (east) under the power lines on the Power Line Road.
The first thing that you will come to is the Magnolia Power Sub Station.  You can go around it either to the left or right side staying on the road next to the sub station fence.  Once around the back side of the sub station you will see where the Power Line Road continues.  Follow the rusted power poles.
At approximately 3.6 miles from Las Vegas Blvd. you will come to the new dirt road crossing the Power Line Road.  Cross this road, continuing on the Power Line Road.
Stay on the Power Line Road, until you come to pole number X12084 (metal tag) – also the number 2068 is spray painted on the same pole.  About 100 feet after the pole, there will be a dirt road going to the right.  Turn right (south) and travel about .5 of a mile and you will drop into a dry wash.
Turn right in the wash.  Staying in the wash, the parking area is approximately .6 of a mile up the wash.  The parking area is as far as you can drive.  There is a sign with information and a sign in box at the parking area.  From here you walk up the wash to the petroglyph area.
The distance from the parking area to the main petroglyph site is approximately 1.1 miles.  Keep alert and you will see a few isolated petroglyphs (on your right) and a couple of nice panels (on your left) along the route to the main site.  At approximately .8 of a mile you will encounter the first of several small dry falls – this one was the location of the original parking area.  The next small rock area (dry fall) is about another .1 of a mile further and both are easily negotiated.
Continue to the last set of dry falls, which marks the beginning of the main site.  The petroglyphs start at the base of the lowest falls and you will see more as you are going up the rocks/falls.  Most people climb up the rocks on the left side of the dry falls (as you are facing up stream).  Once you reach the upper most of the dry falls, climb back down into the wash.  You are now at the main site.  There will be petroglyphs on both sides of the canyon, but most are on the right side as you are going up the wash.
Things that may be helpful:
The hike from the parking area to the main site is approximately 1.1 miles in a dry wash bottom made up of a loose sand and gravel mixture.  There is approximately a 170′ elevation gain from the parking area to the main site.
You will need to do some minor rock scrambling up the last set of dry falls just before the main site.
The main site has petroglyphs at the wash level as well as up on the hill sides.  You can go up on either hillside, sit down and look across to the other side.  A lot of petroglyphs that you did not see before will become visible.  The longer you look the more you will see.
I would highly recommend that you DO NOT take a passenger car to this site.  I would recommend a high-clearance vehicle because there are several places on the Power Line Road that are prone to wash outs.
For up-to-date information on road conditions, please call the Las Vegas BLM office at (702) 515-5000.

Coordinates for the Power Line Road:

Description Lat/Lon NAD 83/84
Las Vegas Blvd & Power Line 35d 56.285′  115d 11.151′
Magnolia Sub Station 35d 55.697′  115d 10.495

Right turn after power pole #2068

35d 55.455′  115d 07.462′
Turn right into the wash 35d 54.966′  115d 07.379′
Parking area 35d 54.541′  115d 07.459′
Last dry falls/main site 35d 53.848′  115d 07.390′

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Published in: on October 15, 2009 at 6:01 PM  Comments Off on Power Line Road Petroglyphs, NV  
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