Carla or United Staff
Not sure what or if anything can be done to help out the local Nevada wheelers.
One of the local trails there had a fence installed to keep vehicles off part of the trail. The trail ends further down in a canyon, and there are petroglyphs in there. Some say the reason for the fence was to keep vehicles away from the petroglyphs.
The motorcylces and quads have been going around the fence, and then someone spray painted part of the petroglyphs. I would hope that the bike and quad guys did not do the painting?
The BLM is asking for help from some of the local clubs now, to extend the fence to keep the bikes and quads away or from going around the current fence and riding directly up to the petroglyphs.
It seems as though this is a pretty well known canyon and spot to recreate by all.
In my research, I could find no public notice to install the fence, or block off part of the canyon trail.
I do understand that we need to protect treasures as these, and I know the local wheelers enjoy this area, and checking out the petroglyphs. So, I am pretty sure they did not vandalize these.
I guess, what I am looking for, is how do we get the BLM to remove the fence, and maybe install something that would actually protect the petroglyphs. This fence is just a cable suspended by some poles. I know the local jeepers have been burned by the BLM after they helped clean a canyon, then the BLM closed it. These guys seem to have a habit of closing trails with no public comment, and or other solutions. To them, it is just easier to close or fence the trail, and then walk away from it.
I will keep researching this issue, but also looking for advice, and how we can provide some support to the local Los Vegas Jeepers to reopen part of this trail?
For those with GPS map programs, here are some gps coordinates to put you in the general area: Petroglyph Canyon - N36 32.234 W114 32.487