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 ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences'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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  • Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve In the Phoenix, Sun City area. Open 8 to 2 Wednesday through Saturday. There is a small entry fee but I don't mind helping to support the University's work I think... 
    Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve In the Phoenix, Sun City area. Open 8 to 2 Wednesday through Saturday. There is a small entry fee but I don't mind helping to support the University's work I think...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • Great place to learn about petroglyphs. Not a ton, and a bit hard to see, but most have been left where they were carved which is interesting to see. Short walking trail with shaded seating. Good guide to the plants and fauna of AZ. Worth a short stop and the $9 entry free. Closes mid afternoon.
  • 1/2 mile round trip trail at very light incline on gravel. I was a little confused by the museum description of where the archeology digs took place, but the trail is very well marked for the petroglyphs. Very nice, short hike and museum visit. ASU has really kept the place up and the museum docent was very friendly.

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