Ridgecrest, California Petroglyph Festival

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Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival

November 2-3, 2019, 10 a.m.

Petroglyph Park
400 N. China Lake Blvd.
Ridgecrest, CA
Free, tours $  rpfestival.com

 The event is in both Petroglyph Park and Maturango Museum, as speakers are there. The street fair has moved to the park. There is no hog fry and pow wow due to scheduling issues in 2018. Tours to the petroglyphs are available for that weekend through the museum.

RIDGECREST, CALIF. — A perfect time to visit the Mojave desert is November when the weather finally cools down. It's the optimum time for a festival, as well. Ridgecrest Petroglyph and Heritage Festival invites the public to a fantastic, free event where you can learn about the magical nature of ancient native rock art.

  • Petroglyph Bus Tours to Little Petroglyph Canyon. Assemble at Petroglyph Park for pickup and drop off. Contact Maturango Museum for more information
  • 61st Annual Gem and Mineral Show at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds Nov.1-3, 2018
  • STEM Education Days
  • Beer Garden + Wine are usually part of the festival. 

Listen to tales of sacred rituals that accompanied these etchings with archaeologists and historians. While the event is free, you must register for tickets before going.

If you're a U.S. citizen with a sense of curiosity & adventure, fit enough to withstand 3 miles of hiking among sand & rocks at the Mojave Desert's 5,000′ elevation, you can sign up for a tour to see the petroglyphs, but do it fast as spaces are nearly full for the November dates! Note: There is a fee for the tour.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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