Guy Starbuck

I’ve been exploring the deserts and mountains of the western USA for more than twenty-five years.

I started way back in the dark ages of the internet (aka 1997) to track my hikes and peak-bagging adventures.

I have always preferred to hike to the more remote and seldom-visited peaks. Along the way, I noticed historical mines, cabins, and prehistoric rock art sites were being vandalized. History was disappearing. I decided to document what sites I could. Ultimately, these became more interesting to me than the peaks.

Over the years, I’ve been to thousands of mines and petroglyph sites and although this website only shows a fraction of what I have seen it still contains over 340 trip reports containing more than 10,700 photos. My collection at home has over 56,000 photos.

Although I can’t always reveal the locations of the places I go, I do hope to share some of them with you. Please respect and enjoy.


Published Works


“Searching for Petroglyphs in the Cottonwoods”, Panamint Breeze. June 2011.


Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Flyer. 2013.

Ecology Letters. “Applying trait-based models to achieve functional targets for theory-driven ecological restoration” by Daniel Laughlin. 2014.

“Religious Symbolism in Eastern California Ghost Dance Rock Paintings” by Alan Gold. 2014.

“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”, Friends of the Public Land Cabins. 2015.

“Historical Sites in Joshua Tree Closed Due to Theft of Artifacts” by David Halligan, The Survivor, Fall 2016.

“Ancient Universal Language of Man” by Chris Hegg. 2015. 

TRACCE Rock Art Bulletin, Maarten van Hoek. 2015 & 2018.