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Address: 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone Number: +1 602-582-8007
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Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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 for all on the 3rd Saturdays of June, July, August, and September. 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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Rock art out!

It's a quick little walking trail that explores native Arizona and showcases lots of petroglyphs. The kids get a little map to hunt for certain drawings.Go in the morning or later... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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Glendale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

It's a quick little walking trail that explores native Arizona and showcases lots of petroglyphs. The kids get a little map to hunt for certain drawings.Go in the morning or later in the afternoon sun to avoid the western sun glare which makes viewing of the petroglyphs difficult.

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you Deanna! We're glad you were able to join us on this fabulously gorgeous day. Don't you love the smell of the desert after the rain? Hope to see you again soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve protects ancient Native American petroglyphs on a 47 acre site in far north Phoenix/Glendale. The present facility opened in 1986 and has a pretty cool explanation of what the visitor is going to see on a short quarter mile trail (one way). The museum's claims that 1000's of petroglyphs are being protect on about 1,500... More 

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We are proud stewards of over 1,500 petroglyphs concentrated in a small area. We recommend morning light and sunny days for best viewing, as light conditions have a huge impact upon visibility. Binoculars are also useful, and are available at the front desk. One of our most knowledgeable docents just recently spotted a petroglyph he'd never... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

There is a very nice visitor center where you can wander around and learn about the various petroglyphs. Once outside, there is a short trail that lets you view petroglyphs on the hillside. It would be helpful to bring binoculars, as some of them are faint and a bit far away. There are shaded benches and water fountains, and the... More 

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

I'm so pleased you and your granddaughters enjoyed your visit! I apologize that you were not made aware that binoculars are available at the front desk. Please contact me with your email and I will send you a coupon to waive the $1 rental fee for a pair on your next visit. Sherri More 

Glendale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

They need better brochure for finding the particular specimens you may be looking for. It would be nice to have docent out there with you. Farm area will be nice when totally complete. Extremely hot in the summer with no shade..take lots of water, good shoes and sun block.

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your review! We agree, the experience is even richer with a docent. I'm happy to say that the 3rd Saturday of June, July, August, and September are free admission days that include a docent guided tour. I hope you'll visit us on one of those days for a very informative walk along the trail... More 

Northridge, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Went here on a recent trip to Arizona with my wife and mother-in-law. My wife and I had been discussing petroglyphs with her from earlier in our trip and she said, "I can take you to a park near here to see some!" So off we went. Finding this place is a bit tricky, but well worth it. Take your... More 

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

I couldn't agree more. The more time spent, the more petroglyphs can be seen, along with the rock squirrels, chuckwallas, and if you're super lucky, our resident bobcat! As you rightly pointed out, light has a big influence on viewing the glyphs. Morning light, and sunny days make for the best viewing, and now that it's heating up, morning is... More 

Fort Pierce, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The collection of petroglyphs at this preserve is impressive and very accessible. I would have wished for more in-depth interpretations. It's a great place to take children. We missed the demonstrations and events but I'd schedule a trip at those times if I were a local.

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Jill, and for sharing your comments about the Preserve. We hope you'll join us again on your next trip to Phoenix! More 

Maricopa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Who would expect to find so many petroglyphs within easy view of homes. Glad that they were preserved when the Corp of Engineers built a dam that would have flooded and citizens petitioned the city, state, Corp of Engineers and the Federal gov't to preserve it. A very nice interpretive center and video presentation of what petroglyphs were, who made... More 

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, refugee 1046! We are indeed a crossroads where the past and present intersect in a striking way. The dam, the houses, the freeway, and then our 47 acre oasis of natural desert and archaeological wonder tucked in between. I'm happy to be part of the stewardship of both the archaeological site and the nature preserve!... More 

Salem, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center is located in North Phoenix at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road. It is a bit tricky to find it so check out the directions ahead of time. It is open from 9 to 5 Tuesday to Saturday from October to April. There is an admission charge. The museum part has good displays, videos and... More 

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks, SueinSalem for such good photos and kind words. Yes, it can be a bit tricky to find us; it seems GPS never gets our location right. I'm glad you had your camera to zoom in. (Binoculars are available at the front desk, and do help.) To all who may be thinking of coming out: our hours change between summer... More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Hundreds, even thousands of years ago, ancient people left their mark on the desert rocks. An easy drive on Deer Valley Rd. west of I-17 takes you straight to the center. The history waits for you. After walking through the museum, you enter the simple pathway that clearly marks points of interest. When you are on the path, take a... More 

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks Gary! The architect, Will Bruder, wanted exactly that...for the building to look as though it was part of the landscape. Did you notice that the roofline exactly parallels the line of the dam behind it? He compared the building to a time machine: that you walk in the front in the present and walk out the back into the... More 

OLYMPIA
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124 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The preserve has a nice reception area and a modest museum that discusses the meaning, or perhaps, the lack of meaning of the petroglyphs. They claim that there are over 1800 petroglyphs at the site, but only a few 'glyphs' are visible. The preserve has mounted a few viewing tubes so that the initiate can easily find the most obvious... More 

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Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. You are correct, there are over 1500 petroglyphs on this site. One of the things that makes this site special is the fact that there are so many concentrated in such a small area and that they are at the end of such a short, easy trail. It's one of the few places where people... More 

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Address: Address: 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone Number: +1 602-582-8007
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Glendale
Open Hours:
Tuesday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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