We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Petroglyph Beach

Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Wrangell, AK
Improve this listing
Description:

This beach features petroglyphs, carved symbols in rocks by ancient Native...

This beach features petroglyphs, carved symbols in rocks by ancient Native inhabitants.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 43 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Beach walk

This is a fun activity for young & old alike. You really have to look for them. We found some but I couldn't help but think that if some of the kelp etc. were cleared away... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
Rosemary D
Add Photo Write a Review

43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This is something that is quite fun to do if time allows in Wrangell. it is only a pleasant,short walk from the town & interesting to try to spot the petroglyphs, some of which are very faint. There are some facsimiles of a few if you wish to do a rubbing. Make sure you go at low tide for best... More 

Helpful?
Thank trvlrs2_12
Ketchikan, Alaska
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A mile walk from downtown, worth it even in the rain, easy if you have a car. You will see petroglyphs with just a bit of searching. The interpretive signs are excellent.

Helpful?
Thank meowmag
Level Contributor
37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is a fun activity for young & old alike. You really have to look for them. We found some but I couldn't help but think that if some of the kelp etc. were cleared away, there would be more, visible to the public. I was glad we had our hiking sticks as it can get quite slippery. As a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rosemary D
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

There are more than 40 petroglyphs on this Wrangell beach. Some are far above the tidal lines and many below. This is due to changing sea levels as some of these petroglyphs are believed to be over 10,000 years old. It is believed that most were carved by Shamans. The symbols deserve respect and consideration when being viewed. Some are... More 

Helpful?
Thank Janet G
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level Contributor
34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

There were not too many petroglyphs that I could find. I was there during an ebb tide and found 4-5 petroglyphs. Best to go right as get onto the beach.

Helpful?
Thank vizslatraveler
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

We came in on the ferry and spent the afternoon wandering on this beach, checking the petroglyphs and found all kinds of treasures.

Helpful?
Thank Candace K
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

It's fun to walk the beach and look for the petroglyphs and wonder who made them and what they intended by them.

Helpful?
Thank johnbeth42
Rockport, Texas
Level Contributor
36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Our native Alaskan guide took us on a tour of the beach. She pointed out the petroglyphs that were easy to spot as well as telling us we might be walking on ones we did not see. She carefully brushed one off and then washed it with water to reveal a carving that we had just passed over. There is... More 

Helpful?
Thank JMT11_45
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
76 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I'm not a big fan of petroglyphs, especially when they are not well preserved. I also don't quite understand how they can determine the authenticity of them. Could a prankster create something similar in the area? I really don't want to burst anyone's bubble. The petroglyphs are about a one mile walk from the ferry. A sign will be on... More 

Helpful?
Thank RoadTripLover333
Las Vegas, New Mexico
Level Contributor
40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Just down the road from the main town are petroglyphs on large rocks lying on the beach. Fun to explore.

Helpful?
Thank drKimSchilling

Travelers who viewed Petroglyph Beach also viewed

 

Been to Petroglyph Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Petroglyph Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?