California State and National Parks
a selection of a few with California Indian displays


Photographs of the California State Indian Museum at Sutters Fort in Sacramento. The Antelope Valley Indian Museum in Lancaster also has an extensive collection, which is well worth a visit. Several other State Parks have museums and outdoor displays that highlight the Indians of California, but only a few of our favorites are listed below. Three National Parks sites are included here as well.


  • Antelope Valley Indian Museum - No bedrock mortars, but lots of artifacts
    1570 E Ave M, Lancaster, CA 93535
    (661) 946-3055
    State Park website     Museum website

  • Chumash Painted Cave - No museum or mortars, but spectacular pictographs
    State Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 733-3713
    State Park website     3D laser scan of the Pictographs

  • Indian Grinding Rock State Park - Lots of bedrock mortars, as well as a museum
    14881 Pine Grove-Volcano Rd, Pine Grove, CA 95665
    (209) 296-7488
    State Park website     pictograph website     Wikipedia

  • Painted Rock at Carrizo Plain National Monument - No bedrock mortars, but there are
        spectacular pictographs that require advance reservations to visit
    17495 Soda Lake Rd, Santa Margarita, CA 93453
    (661) 391-6000
    website for tour booking     pictograph website

  • Sequoia National Park Indian (Hospital Rock) - The Foothills Visitors Center on Highway
        198 has a small museum with some artifacts, and just a few miles up the road is Hospital Rock,
        which is a huge rock shelter with pictographs and bedrock mortars.
    47050 Generals Highway (Highway 198), Three Rivers, CA 93271
    (559) 565-3341

  • State Indian Museum - No bedrock mortars, but a museum with lots of artifacts
    2618 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816
    (916) 324-0791
    State Park website

  • Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park - There are bedrock mortars, pictographs and petroglyphs
        at a preserved village site, which can only be visited on docent-led tours with advance registration.
    Tehachapi, CA 93561
    (661) 946-6092
    State Park website

  • Yosemite National Park Indian Museum - A museum with lots of artifacts, and there is a
        reconstructed Miwok village behind the museum. There are also bedrock mortars at Indian Caves,
        which require a short hike to visit.
    Yosemite Village, adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
    (209) 372-0200
    National Park website



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