Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, Glendale

4.2
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Very interesting and doesn’t take long. We saw snakes, lizards and birds both live and drawn! The area is well maintained and the plants are beautiful  more »
  • Over the years, I've explored many of the Southwest's vast petroglyph and pictograph sites. While the Deer Valley Preserve is a smaller venue, it is no less interesting and in many ways more...  more »
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  • 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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