The day after visiting Manzanar, we continued heading north on U.S. 395 towards the town of Bishop and the Volcanic Tablelands. We were excited about visiting Bishop and boondocking in the nearby BLM Volcanic Tablelands. It was still somewhat windy, but the weather forecast was for the wind to die down, so we forged ahead.
With help from our friend Nina, we found a nice campsite on the tablelands (only a couple are suitable for big rigs). It had a 360-degree view of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to the west and the town lights of Bishop and lower mountains to the east. Absolutely stunning, see my review here.
We opted for a drive on Fish Slough Road continuing on to the Chidago and Red Canyon to search for petroglyphs. The sites were not too difficult to find, although most of the interpretive signs have been removed to minimize vandalism. But we could still tell where the major sites were as there were clear parking areas.
We walked around at several different sites and found quite a few petroglyphs. We were pretty impressed with the number and clarity. Not much is known about them except that they were carved by ancestors of the Paiute-Shoshone.