Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, Glendale

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The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, formerly known as the Deer Valley Rock Art Center, is a 47-acre nature preserve featuring over 1500 Hohokam, Patayan, and Archaic petroglyphs visible on 500 basalt boulders in the Deer Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. In 1980, the US Army Corps of Engineers contracted Simon J. Bruder to conduct an archaeological investigation prior to the construction of the Adobe Dam at the Hedgpeth Hills. The petroglyphs are between 500 and 5,000 years old. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, and it was also listed with the Phoenix Points of Pride. The preserve and museum are operated by the Arizona State University's School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

The museum was designed by Will Bruder and was constructed on the site in 1994.

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  • Perfect balance of indoor museum and outdoor adventure. The trail is short and easy and there are two stops along the way to sit in the shade which was needed as the trail is very warm even on a...  more »
  • While visiting the Phoenix area my wife picked this place for a visit on a Wednesday morning. The preserve is maintained by ASU and is a quarter mile trail in the desert showing off the petroglyphs...  more »
  • Wouldn't call this a fun place to go but it is certainly diverting and educational. It is very interesting. They have students and faculty from the University there to answer questions. They have a lovely gift shop too. I wouldn't go there in the summer fir two reasons: the trail to see the petroglyphs is VERY hot, no shade at all, and their hours are very abbreviated. Go in the winter or spring.
  • Short, easily accessible path with dozens if not hundreds of petroglyphs visible (depends on time of day and weather)

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