Located in Southern Nevada, near Henderson, and only 20 miles from Las Vegas is the 48,438-acre Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. This huge Conservation Area also contains the North McCullough Wilderness area which consists of fourteen thousand plus acres of unspoiled land in its natural state. This section of the Wilderness is home to unique flora and fauna. It is also a geologist dream site, with its spectacular displays of ancient lava flows, and fantastic rock formations. A perfect location if you desire peace and quite or an opportunity to escape the rat race of Las Vegas for a few hours. One section of the Conservation Area is interesting and draws tourist from around the world. The Sloan Canyon Petroglyph Site gives tourist a unique opportunity to view scenic and geologic sites as well as ancient petroglyphs. As one wanders along the 4.1-mile Petroglyph Trail, you are exposed to 300 panels of rocks and walls, covered with over 1,700 different designs painted by early Puebloan, Patayan, and Southern Paiute tribes who lived in the area. Deer, bison, and various designs are painted on the different surfaces. One extremely interesting petroglyph displays a footprint. Each is unique and different. Some of the paintings are extremely faded and are difficult to make out what they are. Others are bright and appear to be freshly painted. A remarkable site, well worth a visit. It should be noted that several have been vandalized over the years and vandalism is a problem within the Conservation Area. A plethora of different animal species, (kangaroo rats, desert tortoise, kit foxes, jackrabbits, coyotes and even mountain lions have been observed on the trail. Only thing I got to see was several birds, and a couple of jackrabbits. The Mojave green rattlesnakes also dominate the area. Use caution. Park has a small parking lot, restrooms, and water fountain at the visitor center. Dogs are not allowed. The well-marked trail is relatively easy to follow and will take you through sandy areas, and several area where you need to climb over rocks. Due to the extreme heat wave in the Southwest US, it is strongly recommended that you plan accordingly. Water, good hiking boots or shoes, hat, and sunscreen are essential items needed for this location. Cell phone reception in the area is virtually nonexistent. All guests must check in with the staff at the visitor center prior to entering the canyon. This is for your safety. With interest in archeology, managed to spend 3 hours exploring and examining these dynamic relics of the past. This remarkable site is a must visit.