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Basin and Range Monument

Hiking The Shooting Gallery - Basin and Range Monument Hiking The Shooting Gallery

Basin and Range Monument

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RATING: Easy / Moderate Hike

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 76. South southeast wind 7 to 18 mph.

76 | 54

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 51

Thu

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

68 | 49

Fri

A slight chance of rain showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 62.

62 | 49

Sat

A chance of rain showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 42

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SEASON: Spring, Fall (Winter if dry)
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 76. South southeast wind 7 to 18 mph.

76 | 54

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 51

Thu

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

68 | 49

Fri

A slight chance of rain showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 62.

62 | 49

Sat

A chance of rain showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 42

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The Shooting Gallery is one of the must-see areas of Basin and Range National Monument. The area is named the Shooting Gallery because evidence suggests early peoples used the area to channel and drive game to hunters that were hidden in the narrow valley.

The valley has seasonal water, and must have been an idyllic place to hunt as well as spend time when there was water. It is believed that several groups of people used the area anywhere from between about 500 and 2000 years ago. They left behind rock art among the boulders and rocks in the valley. When visiting, you may notice three fairly different styles of rock art. The first is the more abstract Great Basin Abstract Style and consists of lines and shapes. A second style is the Pahranagat Representational Style that consists of animal shapes and somewhat realistic anthromophs. The final, and likely more recent style, is that of the Fremont Representational Style, which are abstract people made from trapezoids and other shapes.

Note: I was surprised on our visit to not find many signs of other visitors. There are no well-worn trails in the area. Expect to spend some time wandering and finding your own way. While wandering, watch your step to avoid stepping on rock art. We enjoyed the area, but it was a bit rough going and brushy in spots for our 5-year-old. I would recommend long sleeves and pants.
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Site D(2)

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