Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area, Austin

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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 24 miles (39 km) east of Austin along U.S. Route 50. The site, at 6,500 feet (2,000 m) 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 0.5-mile (0.8 km) 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.
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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 »
  • Wanted to get pics of petroglyphs, but they were hard to find. Some idiot scratched a new one of a flying saucer shooting out rays. The written guides were all gone so you have no idea what you are....  more »
  • 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!
  • some of the petroglyphs were nice, there's definitely damage done from humans. Compared to other sites there's not too many markings here.if you're in the area or going to camp there it's worth exploring. The trail is simple and short
  • The sights are beautiful and you don't have to hike more than about a mile total to see the Petroglyphs. My husband and I stumbled upon this rec. Area by accident and decided to check it out. The visit was free parking was free, pit toilets were not terrible, but no running water anywhere around.
  • No brochures. Saw only a couple pictures that were ancient, mostly current graffiti, but beautiful views of the valley. Very nice place to camp,, but too close to neighbor camps. No water source or sinks in bathroom. Bathroom was TERRIBLE, Very very smelly. Toilet tissue so thin you can see through it. Really not worth the drive to get there. View and camp spot only reason we stayed.

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