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Address: 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone Number: +1 623-582-8007
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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My husband and I visited with our friends daughter. We really enjoyed it and found it very interesting. It makes you wonder what they mean, if this was their way of communication... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Barry V
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Dewey, Arizona, Usa
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Dewey, Arizona, Usa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I visited with our friends daughter. We really enjoyed it and found it very interesting. It makes you wonder what they mean, if this was their way of communication or was it just something to pass time.

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Thank Barry V
Heber, Arizona
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hidden gem is an impressive spot to learn local archeology, history and geology. Our docent lead tour provided enough information to get a stunning impression of what came before our current local culture. The enormous amount of viewable petroglyphs are fascinating. Their interpretation is not precise, but personal. This is a small facility, but has quality educational material. Be... More 

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

Thank you for your generous review. We're very happy you came for a visit and hope you'll come back again. The 3rd Saturday of every month is a free admission day with docent guided tours, guest speakers, and other activities. I hope you can join us for one! More 

Tucson, Arizona
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53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Preserve and Trail consist of a visitor center/museum and a short walk to see the protected petroglyphs on the gravel trail. The center has exhibits that clarify differences between petroglyphs and petrographs, explain the dating of the archeological finds, and present the Native American history of a good part of Arizona. They are quite informative and easy to understand,... More 

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Thank RoseMarie8787
Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you RoseMarie! We're glad to hear you found your visit of value. If you'd like to come back sometime for a docent guided tour, they are routinely offered on the 3rd Saturday of each month, which is a free admission day, and are also available by appointment the rest of the time. Hope to see you again! More 

Michigan
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214 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The displays inside the "museum" were more interesting, it turned out, than the actual petroglyphs outside in the preserve. If you like this sort of thing and have an interest in the Hohokam people we would strongly recommend the Pueblo Grande attraction in Phoenix near the airport.

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

Thanks for your visit. We're happy you found our exhibits interesting and hope you'll come see us again sometime. The 3rd Saturday of every month you'll find many other activities going on at our site. Please see our website for more information, if interested, as the speakers and activities vary by month. More 

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44 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

It's great that the petroglyphs here are being preserved - they are a valuable piece of history. Come here if you are nearby & have never seen petroglyphs, but there are so many better examples elsewhere. Head to Gold Canyon hike Heiroglyph trail. If you ever get near Wellington UT go to Nine mile canyon - actually 48 miles of... More 

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Thank almann2000
Sherri S, Manager at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! Yes! There are many great petroglyph sites in the state(s), and around the world. So many petroglyphs, so little time! We encourage you to see many sites, as each has its own unique character. Our particular site has the advantage of having a high concentration of petroglyphs in a small, accessible area, with a short, gentle trail,... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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842 reviews
510 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

After reading about the preserve on TripAdvisor, we went with my sisters and their husbands to check it out. My sister and brother-in-law that are local to Phoenix hadn't realized that the preserve was there - even though they drove by the area to go to work daily. The designers did a nice job blending the building into the site.... More 

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

Thank you for you review, Diane. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves, and that your sister and brother-in-law are now familiar with us, too! Hope to see all of you again soon. More 

Marion
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205 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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 

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

Paul, thank you for your thorough and helpful review! It sounds as though you had a very enjoyable morning. Hope to see you again someday. More 

MN
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109 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

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 

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

Thank you for your review! It sounds like you got to enjoy one of our rare cool days. The Arizona sun can be intense, even when it's cloudy. So we encourage everyone to wear sun protection in the form of hats, sunscreen, long sleeves, etc. and, of course, water :-) Remember, as they say, it's a dry heat! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

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.

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

Thanks Marcellaphane! We'll take cool ;-) Just so you know, we have a free admission day on the 3rd Saturday of each month, with extra activities going on. Let your fellow home schoolers know. We'd love for you to join us! More 

Glendale, Arizona
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84 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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.

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

Thanks for your review! We're glad you found us and hope you'll come back soon. More 

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