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Address: 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone Number: +1 623-582-8007
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8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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

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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Little known preserve just off freeway

I have several family members in the Phoenix area but none of them knew about Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve. I saw it on tripadvisor and suggested a visit when I went to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Paul S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have several family members in the Phoenix area but none of them knew about Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve. I saw it on tripadvisor and suggested a visit when I went to the Valley of the Sun recently. It is just west of the Black Canyon Freeway on Deer Valley Road. It was a lot easier getting there than driving... More 

Thank Paul S
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Preserve begins with an indoor display and explanation of the history of the area. There are areas for kids to discover items. There are also several videos for further explanation. The outdoor walk is only about 1/2 mile with sign posts along the way to explain the nature and surrounding area. The petroglyphs begin at about signpost 5 through... More 

Thank MnDaisy
Phoenix, Arizona
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We homeschool, and this was a fun educational visit. My 3 kids enjoyed spotting and interpreting the various petroglyphs, as well as learning a little about the Hohokam. Mind-blowing? No. Cool? Yes.

Thank Marcellaphane
Glendale, Arizona
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Its small but there are lots of petroglyphs to view on a short loop walk. I enjoyed the natural setting and easy access to this piece of history right in the city.

Thank mitimom
Cleveland/Sun City, United States
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

If you want a short day hike, this is the place. Getting to know who lived here before we did is something the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve has done a wonderful job at. Friendly staff and volunteers are at the ready to answer any question you may have. We went on Museum Day, what a treat, there were families, boy... More 

Thank Robin H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This is a small museum, preserve, cultural space. Many locals don't know it's in their backyard. Whenever I have an out-of-town guest we go bere. And I have introduced Phoenicians to it as well. The docents are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. An inexpensive gift to yourself and family.

Thank Tamara H
Columbus, Ohio
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200 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
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.

Thank Elphaba
Dallas, Texas, United States
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55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

Thank Donna W
Glendale, Arizona
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30 reviews
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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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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 

Thank tthemel
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 

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