prehistoric sites

Prehistoric Sites

Humans inhabited this area 13,000 years ago, leaving hunting sites, hearths, petroglyphs, and tools as evidence. In addition to exploring the petroglyph sites noted on page X, take these two self-guided tours and discover where men hunted the mammoths that once thundered across the land.

Lehner Mammoth Kill Site

The Lehner site is the first Clovis kill site where butchering tools were found alongside the remains of prehistoric bison, mammoth, and smaller animals. A fire hearth was also found and dated, placing the Clovis people in North America between 8000-9000 B.C.E.

Murray Springs Clovis Site

Take this self-guided interpretive trail and learn about this major discovery site, including two kill sites and a Clovis campsite dating to about 13,000 years ago.

Garden Canyon, Fort Huachuca

Inhabited since 600 C.E., the Garden Canyon Village Site is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. There, archaeologists have found evidence of Hohokam, Mogollon, Trincheras, and Casa Grandes cultures. The Garden Canyon Pictograph Site has 53 pictographs (painted rock art) from some of its earliest residents, as well as Apache pictographs from the 1700s. A short stroll away is Rappell Cliffs Rock Shelter Site, where the rock art is thought to date back to 1300 C.E.

Fort Huachuca is an active military installation, and visitors must stop at the Visitor Center prior to entering the gates. Click here for information about accessing Fort Huachuca. International visitors should contact the City of Sierra Vista Public Information Office at least 3 weeks prior to visiting.