Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area, Austin

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#51 of 53 in Wildlife in Nevada
The Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area provides public access to petroglyphs created by prehistoric people living near Hickison Summit at the north end of the Toquima Range and the south end of the Simpson Park Mountains in the U.S. state of Nevada. The recreation area, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, is 24mi east of Austin along U.S. Route 50. The site, at 6500ft above sea level, is on the west edge of the Monitor Valley in the Great Basin.The park features a self-guided tour along a 0.5mi trail with multiple petroglyph panels, high-desert flora, and views of the Toquima and Toiyabe mountain ranges and the Big Smoky Valley. Amenities include 16 campsites, a day-use area, toilets, grills, picnic tables, and trash cans but no water.NameHickison Summit is named for ranch owner John Hickerson. (Hickerson is an alternate spelling for the summit.) The road to the Hickerson ranch passes over the summit.HistoryIn the general vicinity of Hickison Summit are multiple prehistoric hunting and living sites dating to 10,000 B.C. as well as more recent sites such as mining camps and ranches. Trails used by mid-19th-century explorers John C. Frémont and James H. Simpson pass through the area as do the routes of the Pony Express and the Overland Stage. At the time of the earliest prehistoric sites, the Great Basin contained large lakes, including Lake Toiyabe and Lake Tonopah in the Big Smoky Valley west of the summit. As the climate became drier, the lakes evaporated, and the former lake-dependent cultures were replaced by hunter-gatherers. When the first European-Americans arrived in about 1850, Western Shoshone people lived in the region. Add Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area and other attractions to your Austin trip itinerary using our Austin online route builder .
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  • Nice easy hike. Pretty area. Petroglyphs are there and easily seen. I don't think they mean what all the "experts" say they mean. But it gets you out of the car and an opportunity to stretch your...  more »
  • The Hickison Petroglyph area is a rare treat on a lonely road. The “rest stop” does not have plumbing as most rest stops do, but does have buildings with toilets over pits. However, anyone stopping....  more »
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  • Unbelievably beautiful views of the Great Basin landscape. Wonderful place to camp for the night.
  • Beautiful spot in the Great Basin. The petroglyphs are interesting but not spectacular. The views when you hike up to the top of the hill are amazing! The campground is nice with some covered picnic tables that each have a BBQ grill and fire pit. The picnic area has lots of tables and trash cans. The toilets are pit toilets, no flush. No water out here. No T-Mobile/Metro signal in the campground but good connection at the top of the hill. I stayed for four days and nights, it rained, hailed, and snowed! On Memorial Day weekend! Snow! There are a few rough spots in the road which get muddy from the rain but it's still easy to get in and out of the campground. Great place!

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