Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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The Fish Slough Petroglyphs adorn some of the unique stone formations inside the Volcanic Tableland area, north of the town of Bishop.

Estimated at 1,000-8,000 years in age, the petroglyphs are believed to have come from the ancestors of the Paiute-Shoshone peoples. While the number of rock drawings here are far fewer than other nearby petroglyph areas, the stone formations here are very dramatic examples of the volcanic history of the area, and are worth looking at.

Pyroclastic flows from the Long Valley Caldera that occurred about 750,000 years ago left hardened ashflow. Over time, this stone has eroded amidst the valley floor, resulting in unusual formations and shapes. Combined with the area's existence at the cusp of the Northern Mojave and Great Basin boundaries, the stone is part of a landscape that also includes a unique combination of biological diversity.

A fence marks the parking area with the stone right behind it. 

Visitors should be aware that there is no cell service out here, and there are no amenities of any kind in the area. Reaching the petroglyphs requires driving several miles on graded gravel roads that should generally be passable to all vehicle types in dry conditions.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Interesting stone formations.

Cons

Vandalism.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Historically significant
Geologically significant
Native artifacts

Location

Nearby Adventures

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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