TOUR INFO AND NEWS
|NOVEMBER 4 – 5
|RIDGECREST PETROGLYPH FESTIVAL
|FRESNO COUNTY FAIR
|ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE
|CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR
|GATHERING OF NATIONS
About The Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival
Ancient Native American rock art is the central theme for the tenth annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival in Ridgecrest, California. The celebration during the weekend of November 4-5, 2023 includes a street fair, Native American live music, crafts from Native American artists, exhibits and specialists on the Coso petroglyphs, and a full slate of Native American dancers and drummers.
Ridgecrest serves as the perfect location for the events, as the home of artifacts and petroglyphs dating more than 10,000 years old. Little Petroglyph Canyon alone contains over 20,000 documented images, one of the largest concentrations in the Western Hemisphere.
Due to damage created by the July 4, 2019 earthquakes in Ridgecrest, the area where the petroglyphs are located are inaccessable at this time. During the weekend of the festival, a curated tour provided by Dr. Alan Gold, who is a world-renowned expert on the petroglyphs, will be conducted at Petroglyph Park, located one block away from the festival. Additionally, there is a virtual reality tour of the petroglyphs that is available at the California Welcome Center – Ridgecrest during visitor center hours free of charge. The center is located at 880 N. China Lake Boulevard, in Ridgecrest.