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V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Rimrock

The V-Bar-V Heritage Site is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley of central Arizona, and one of the best-preserved. The rock art site consists of 1,032 petroglyphs in 13 panels. Acquired by the Coconino National Forest in 1994, the site is protected and kept open to the public by the US Forest Service. Volunteers from the Verde Valley Archaeological Society and the Friends of the Forest provide interpretive tours and on-site management.
A visitor center, restroom and bookstore, operated by the Forest Service and the Arizona Natural History Association, is located on site. The fenced petroglyph site is an easy half-mile walk from the parking lot. For most of the year, there is a resident on-site custodian.
The petroglyphs were created by Southern Sinagua residents between about 1150 and 1400 AD. The site was known to early American settlers, and became part of the historic V-Bar-V ranch around 1907. The ranch headquarters were nearby, and the ranchers protected the site from vandalism. Some historic ranch buildings remain near the Visitor Center. The US Forest Service acquired the site in 1994.
Rock art is one type of archaeological data that can be used to identify prehistoric cultures and time periods. The Beaver Creek Rock Art Style has been identified and formally described through studies of rock art sites in the Beaver Creek area, especially at V-Bar-V. The Beaver Creek Style, found throughout the eastern half of the Verde Valley, is diagnostic of the Southern Sinagua culture between A.D. 1150 and 1400.
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  • A bit remote, and open only four days a week - but very worth the trip. We spent at least 2 hours listening to the docent identify plants, animals, rocks, explain the ancient inhabitants of the area, ...  more »
  • This is a wonder site to see petroglyphs. It was to that difficult to find. They have a pay and display parking area. The walk to the site is mostly level and not difficult. The range at the site was ...  more »
  • This place was super interesting! Our tour guide was very cool and informative. The tour was short but packed full of interesting theories on how the calendar functioned and what different images stood for. I'd love to go back and just study the wall a while longer as everything on it is speculation and no one really knows what it all meant.
  • This place is awesome. Great description of the petroglyphs by a volunteer docent. Glad we made it here. A must see if you go to Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot

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