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Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

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Address: 3711 W Deer Valley Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308-2038
Phone Number:
+1 623-582-8007
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Center for Archaeology and Society's Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve...

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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Great trip with our school aged children

Very cool guided tour with a knowledgeable guide. Interesting information given throughout the short walking tour. Very cool to see petroglyphs on rocks right inside the city... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Glendale, Arizona

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Glendale, Arizona
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5 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Very cool guided tour with a knowledgeable guide. Interesting information given throughout the short walking tour. Very cool to see petroglyphs on rocks right inside the city limits.

Thank jessewhite31
Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

I was looking forward to visiting yesterday morning since my flight didn't leave PHX until mid afternoon. When I reached the road off Deer Valley there was a nice directional sign but the gates were closed and locked. I tried to call but the phone was out of service. I was quite disappointed! Today, looking thru the website listed on... More 

1 Thank ACIMgal
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We drove 70 miles to see this important petroglyph monument, only to discover on arrival that the site is closed for the entire month. We had tried to ascertain in advance that it would be open: three websites said it was open in January; the listed phone number was "not in operation." Not cool. PS I am sure I will... More 

2 Thank EJISK
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Even though both Trip Advisor and Yelp showed the Preserve as open, when we arrived the entrance gate to the Preserve was locked and the sign said "closed for Fall 2016. "Just checked Deer Valley Preserve website which says it will reopen January 2017. I'll give the site four stars for looking promising.

3 Thank Berniniphile
Glendale, Arizona
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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

This is truly a quiet tucked away little serenity! It is amazing the places that are under our noses and we never appreciate them! Nothing spell binding but if in the area a definitely worth a peak.

2 Thank Mark M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Dear Valley Rock Art Center is a hidden treasure right in town. The trail is always clean. One can find a variety of things. Birds, animals and of coarse petroglyphs. If you can come early some creatures come to feed from the lush dessert.

2 Thank R. W
Phoenix, Arizona
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62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

This is just off 1-17 in Phoenix and is one of the most fascinating concentrated petroglyphs in the area. fantastic site and the birds native plants and chuckwallas helped make this an extra magical moment.Tips. wear hiking shoes or good gyms shoes. trails is not tuff. bring hat and sunscreen and binoculars. family and kid friendly

2 Thank WorldDiner2000
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I have tried on to separate occasions to visit, both times they should have been open and we're closed. The website says open but they are closed. I will not waste my time trying again.

Thank Johnny053068
Hicksville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Phoenix is a center for treasure tales, Deer Valley Petrogylph Park is one you can find. The professional operation run by ASU gives visitors a quick course in pottery and archeology and culture. Lots for younger kids to do and observe before taking on a 1/4 mile trail out the back where you can look for the petrogylphs in their... More 

1 Thank Tom K
Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

The sheer amount of petroglyphs was amazing. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable, and it wasn't crowded.

Thank Michelle M

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