Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve (formerly Deer Valley Art Rock Center)
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
On a 47-acre site north of Phoenix, Indians from throughout the Southwest carved more than 1500 petroglyphs, or rock etchings, along an ancient trade route. Between 500 and 5000 years old, these... Read More
On a 47-acre site north of Phoenix, Indians from throughout the Southwest carved more than 1500 petroglyphs, or rock etchings, along an ancient trade route. Between 500 and 5000 years old, these pictographs have an unknown meaning but may relate to hunting, religion, astronomy, or intertribal communication. Today, they're open to viewing along a quarter-mile trail; you can follow a guided tour or direct yourself among the boulders. Indoors, a video speculates on the nature of the carvings, and exhibits and a gift shop are available. This is a great museum for learning more about the Native American cultures that lives in the region for centuries.
- Oct: -; Apr Tue-Sat; 9am-5pm
- Sun: Noon-5pm May; -; Sep Tue-Sun; 8am-2pm
- Adult $7; Senior (62+) $4; Student $4; Child (6-12) $3; Child (5 and under) Free
- Museums: "Outdoor picnic tables and an amphitheater area make perfect picnic spots at this scenic attraction."
- Best for Museums Because: The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve offers a fascinating peek into the pre-European history of central Arizona.