Grimes Point/Hidden Cave Archaeological Site


Grimes Point area was first visited by Native Americans 8,000 or more years ago and is one of the largest and most accessible petroglyph sites in the United States. The Grimes Point Petroglyph Trail, an easy hike directly behind the parking area provides viewing of several hundred boulders covered with rock art dating back 6,000 years. The self-guided interpretive trail that was constructed in 1978 by the Youth Conservation Corps was Nevada's first designated National Recreation Trail.

Hidden Cave is a significant archeological site that was used by nomadic hunter-gatherers to store food and supplies approximately 3,500 years ago. The cave is unique in providing the general public with the opportunity to see the results of archeological excavations that were conducted in the 1940s, 1950s, and late 1970s. Upon completion of the last excavation, the site was left intact to provide education through interpretation of archeological history and methods. The self-guided Hidden Cave Interpretive Trail is approximately one mile in length and moderately steep. Cave tours are provided by the BLM on the second and fourth saturdays, and the Churchill County Museum provides tours by appointment.


From Fallon, head east on US 50 approximately 12 miles until you see the archaeological site sign on the left





Carson City District Office 5665 Morgan Mill Road Carson City, NV 89701


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