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Pictographs at Painted Rock

The rock art at Painted Rock attracts thousands of visitors each year. Unfortunately, heavy graffiti and reckless gunshots have damaged the art. As a result, the site is now protected by laws, has limited access, and has vigilant surveillance. Even so, animal burrowing, natural weathering, and erosion are also degrading the site. Displays and information about the history of the Carrizo Plain region and the archeology of Painted Rock can be seen at Goodwin Education Center (located near Painted Rock). The Goodwin Education Center staff provides environmental education and guided tours. Painted Rock is closed during raptor nesting season (March 1 through July 15). American Indians still frequently use Painted Rock for ceremonies and other activities (Bureau of Landmanagement, Bakersfield Field Office, 2010).

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