Are you interested in the prehistoric populations that came before you in the state of Nevada? Not everywhere can you visit an archaeological area that is still being studied, but an hour east of Reno you can. At Grimes Point Nevada, archaeologists study clues left by early inhabitants. A fragment of bone, stone scrapper used to butcher small animals, a scrap of tule matting, and Native American petroglyphs are the sorts of things studied by archaeologists to learn about the history of the area. Grimes Point Archaeological Area is a fascinating place to visit. Check it out!
What: Grimes Point Archaeological Area
Where: Eleven miles East of Fallon, NV 89406
About 8,000 years ago the Grimes Point that archaeologists are studying today lay under the ancient Lake Lahontan. The maximum depth of the lake was 700 feet but fluctuated widely over the last 10,000 years, sometimes drying up completely. Today, Grimes Point is above water and showcases intriguing rock writings and art from ancient civilizations, as well as several different styles of petroglyphs and a variety of rock surfaces that they are etched upon, left by Native Americans over 8,000 years ago. While visiting the trail, look to the distant mountain ranges for a series of horizontal lines, or terraces, etched into the sides of the ranges by waves from Lake Lahontan.
One of Nevada’s finest National Recreational Trails, you can enjoy a self-guided tour with information about the trail provided in a visitors brochure. The site also includes:
· Five sheltered picnic tables
· An interpretive kiosk
· Paved parking lot and road
· Wheelchair accessibility
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