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Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, Gila Bend

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The Painted Rock Petroglyph Site is a collection of hundreds of ancient petroglyphs near the town of Theba, Arizona, United States, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The site is operated and maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and includes an improved campground as well as an informative walking trail showcasing the petroglyphs.
Prior to 1989, the site was part of Painted Rock State Park, which included camping facilities on the nearby Painted Rock Reservoir, referred to as the "Lake Unit". When the state turned control of the park over to the BLM in 1989, the Lake Unit was closed due to concerns over pollutants in the Gila River and is not maintained by the BLM. Currently, there is no public access to Painted Rock Dam or the Lake Unit.
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  • While this is now well off the main highway, interstate 8, is was on the main trail through the dessert and near the river. The river is long gone, diverted for citues & crops. Good explanation signs 
    While this is now well off the main highway, interstate 8, is was on the main trail through the dessert and near the river. The river is long gone, diverted for citues & crops. Good explanation signs  more »
  • Impressive. Well worth seeing HOWEVER, no dogs allowed. It was 107 when we got there. Took turns staying with dog and keeping her safe and comfortable.:( 
    Impressive. Well worth seeing HOWEVER, no dogs allowed. It was 107 when we got there. Took turns staying with dog and keeping her safe and comfortable.:(  more »

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