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Painted Rock Petroglyph Site

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Worth the little detour

We took the 11 mile detour off I-8 to the campground to see the petroglyphs. They are very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeanne N
Boulevard, California
Interesting detour

My wife and I weren't really sure what to expect from a pile of rocks, but it was actually really... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bob E
St. John's, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the 11 mile detour off I-8 to the campground to see the petroglyphs. They are very interesting. Not only is there stuff from the ancient ones but also from travelers over the years. Marks from the 1880's and early 1900's. The campground is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jeanne N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I weren't really sure what to expect from a pile of rocks, but it was actually really interesting! Well worth the detour if you have the time. The information boards do a great job of telling what you are about to see...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Bob E
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Really nothing to see, very disappointed. Complete waste of time. You can see more just goggling the site.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Joe D
Reviewed September 4, 2018

easy access to and from interstate has picnic tables and outbuildings. many petroglyphs. you can walk right next to these but please stay on the trails.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank dorndox
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Painted Rock Petroglyph Site is well worth the little detour off of Interstate 8 outside of Gila Bend. You'll see not only petroglyphs, but inscriptions from the Mormon Battalion era. Very cool. What's not cool? Defacing the site or littering. It's a shame that still...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Charles C
Reviewed August 19, 2018

This site is not too far out of the way from Interstate 8 west of Gila Bend. Interesting paintings but rather jumbled on each other. No real rhyme to the paintings. Easy walk about. Shaded tables with barbecues and restrooms. Doesn't take long but the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Patricia B
Reviewed June 30, 2018

I have driven by this exit numerous times and noticed the Petroglyph sign. It is west of Gila Bend on I8 and the rocks are about 11 miles off the road on a paved desert highway. There are bathrooms and parking along with picnic tables...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Todd L
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Fortunately, it was cloudy when I visited. Not too hot and no snakes were seen. There aren't so many petroglyphs on one side of the site, but the other side is loaded. Probably thousands easily visible. Good picnic spot and restrooms available.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank subterranean_jack
Reviewed May 21, 2018 via mobile

Great place to take the family for a picnic and family time. Had fun walking the paths and reading everything on display! Kids had a blast climbing the little mountain as well.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank DsabrinaM
Reviewed May 16, 2018

If you are interested in American history, geology and or ancient native American art it is worth the 22 mile round trip off of Hwy 8 to visit this site.

Date of experience: April 2018
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February 17, 2018|
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Response from Eileen D | Reviewed this property |
No, but it is until you reach the campground.
July 10, 2015|
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Response from GSUEllice | Reviewed this property |
Maybe 30-45 West.
Ken B
January 21, 2015|
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Response from Eileen D | Reviewed this property |
Pets are allowed; check rules...