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Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

3711 W Deer Valley Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308-2038
+1 623-582-8007
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Great value and interesting alternative to typical tourist spots

My wife spied this attraction in a local visitors guide. What a pleasant surprise! This smaller... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2018
TheWandererYeah
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Concord, New Hampshire
Mine the history of ancient Native artistry at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

Deer Valley is an amazing little gem, far from the heart of the city and operated in conjunction... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2018
theSwurleys
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Chicago, Illinois
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The Center for Archaeology and Society's Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve features one of the largest concentrations of prehistoric petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visit the museum galleries to learn about the prehistoric peoples that traveled through this location as well as cutting edge research on Southwest Archaeology, then view the petroglyphs and encounter native desert plants and animals in their natural habitat along the quarter mile trail. Admission discounts available for seniors, children, students, and AAA members. Free admission Memorial Day through Labor Day for active duty military and their families. Free admission on the 3rd Saturdays of each month. Please see our webpage or call for upcoming event, special program, and closure information. Open Tuesday - Saturday. Summer hours (May-Sept): 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Winter hours (Oct-Apr): 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
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“easy walk” (7 reviews)
“short trail” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3711 W Deer Valley Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308-2038
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+1 623-582-8007
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"phoenix area"
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

My wife spied this attraction in a local visitors guide. What a pleasant surprise! This smaller, out of the mainstream site was fascinating. It’s affiliated with a local university, so it’s a legit attraction. It’s loaded with thousands of rock drawings that you can view...More

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Reviewed June 15, 2018

Deer Valley is an amazing little gem, far from the heart of the city and operated in conjunction with the University of Arizona. The park protects a quarry that has been visited and mined for basalt by many Native American peoples over a period of...More

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Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

Interesting petroglyphs, but not such an impressive display to make it worth a long trip. If you are here anyway, it certainly merits a couple hours for the easy walk, the limited but good museum displays, and the glyphs themselves. However, most are small, set...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2018

I searched for least visited/hidden gems in Phoenix area and this place popped up. I was hesitant but glad we went. We were the only people there. It was nice outside. The museum is great and then head outdoors to view the petroglyphs. They have...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Our visit to the Petroglyph Preserve was a last minute addition to our Phoenix/Flagstaff trip. Thank goodness we went. The museum part was interesting (and bathrooms were available). The preserve area was beautifully taken care of with covered areas along the way to sit and...More

Thank Bettie W
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

Such an easy place to visit, almost in some people's backyards. The petroglyphs are easily seen from the path, thanks to the markers provided. It's just amazing to see such historical artifacts so close to the city. I only wish I had known they gave...More

Thank Lorrie55
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

What I liked here is that there were pointers along the short trail to help you find the petroglyphs. Great for families and school groups! Stop at the visitor center desk first to avail yourself with some maps and instructions on where to find the...More

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Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

While the museum has some neat artifacts and interesting descriptions of the early people who lived in the area the real treat is the short 1/4 mile walk to discover the Petroglyphs.some are very faint and it does require a very careful examination. Sit awhile...More

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

If we hadn't taken the tour we would have missed a lot of the petroglyphs-we wouldn't know what to look for. There are a lot of them and the guides have interesting information. We wanted to get out for an afternoon and the weather was...More

Thank SJTrips
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

For anyone with the slightest interest in Southwest native history or anthropology, this is a 5+ star location. If you have any curiosity about history, culture, art, or people on the earth, this is 5+ stars. But even if you think "nah, not my cup...More

Thank ET_Bville
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Margret Ann C
January 20, 2017|
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Response from Berniniphile | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing a parking lot for walking trails at the base of the hill where the road up to the museum starts. I don't remember if the sign barred entry on foot. since the museum is closed, I would suggest... More
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Jen C
October 6, 2016|
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Response from Ron K | Reviewed this property |
This is a seasonal attraction. They are part of ASU and a bigger organization and close seasonally for research and to prepare for upcoming seasons. Should always check website before visiting to see if open. Sometimes even... More
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