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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 pm
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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One of the better locations for petroglyphs. Visitor's Center has an educational display. The preserve has interactive activities for children. Thoroughly enjoyed this place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

One of the better locations for petroglyphs. Visitor's Center has an educational display. The preserve has interactive activities for children. Thoroughly enjoyed this place.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We had a lovely stroll through the hills, with petroglyphs around every corner. It was not crowded, so was very peacful and quiet. Nicely preserved.

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Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We have previously visited this site several times with grandchildren and people who come to Arizona to see us. On this occasion, we took a friend from Los Angeles who has been a docent at a nature preserve for more than 20 years. He was, as we were, very impressed with docent Peter's low-key and helpful approach, and that Peter... More 

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

So happy to hear you've been here multiple times, Jack. Thank you for visiting and sharing this beautiful site with your visitors. Peter Huegel is a wealth of knowledge and a treasure of a docent. He and his fellow garden volunteers are immensely dedicated to the heritage garden, and tend it through the long, hot summer without fail. If you... More 

Liberty, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Deer Valley Petroglyphs conducts evening educational walks. I attended with a group of dear friends on a July evening. The volunteer guide was friendly and well informed. Walks left frequently so you would not have to wait long to join a group. This also meant that the groups were small enough that everyone could interact with the guide. The petroglyphs... More 

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

Thanks for your review, and for joining us for a Sunset Tour. You got to see the Preserve at a beautiful time of day. It's a different experience than during broad daylight. So happy you enjoyed it! FYI: We have guided tours at 8:15 am on the 3rd Saturday of each month (through September.) This is a free admission day,... More 

Glendale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Go spring time or fall, its hot out, make sure to check website for hours. Also, bring a good camera. Often has demostrations to schedule your visit around. Small but nice. A small walk nothing to call hike just a stroll to different petroglyphs inside town and down the road.

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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 9 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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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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 

Sierra Vista, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
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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217 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 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 

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