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V-Bar-V Ranch Petroglyph Site

2.8 miles east of the junction of I-17 and SR179 (FR 618), Sedona, AZ 86341
928 282-3854
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Ranked #14 of 57 Attractions in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

You can get right up to the petroglyphs to learn about a great deal. We had a very informative docent explain what we were looking at. Very interesting!

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Seaside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If you like petroglyphs, a visit here is definitely worth the drive. The docents here are very knowledgeable about the history of the glyphs and are enthusiastic about talking with visitors about them. I would recommend visiting this site as part of a loop which will include nearby Montezuma's Well and Montezuma's Castle. All three sites are near each other... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Jim Wilson was at the rocks with lots of information about the believed origin of the petroglyphs and answers to questions. We really enjoyed his interpretation of the drawings and the history of the rock area.

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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is an authentic old ranch site. The only remaining remnants are the very cool VbarV chimney and fencing. It is fun to walk around and imagine life in this place when it was a functional ranch. On the day of our visit, it was cloudy and rainy so it was very sparse of tourists. There is a very friendly... More

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Oxnard, California
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is only a short drive off the I-17 freeway and well worth a stop. There are a significant number of petroglyphs in a relatively small area a short walk from the ranger office. They do a very good job of explaining the significance of what you are seeing and what these carvings meant to the earliest inhabitants of this... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Do you want to see native American history without thumping around in a Pink Jeep or hiking into the mountains and buttes? Well V-Bar V Ranch is for you -- it is probably the most accessible native American site in Sedona. Just check the hours and days of operation.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Not many people know about this site (not even all the locals), which is a shame. You have walk a little bit to get to the tourist office to buy a parking pass ($5) which counts as a ticket - you pay $5 per car, not per person. You also don't need to carry the pass back to your car,... More

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Clarkdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Take the time and go visit this special place. Go early or stay longer or combine it with Montezumas Well or Montezumas Castle. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk, the history shared by the ranger, and of course the ancient petroglyphs.

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Chicago, Illinois
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The resident guides were very informative and enthusiastic about the petroglyphs and native people histories. The petroglyphs are about a half mile walk from the parking area through an open field.

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you can take the opportunity to visit this site during the equinoxes and solstices you will see an incredible interaction with the light and shadows from the sun at the different angles of the year. During the Summer Solstice, you need to get there around 12:30 PM and watch how the light and shadows interact with the petroglyphs. I... More

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