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“Absolutely THE best place to view petroglyphs” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Painted Rock Petroglyph Site

Painted Rock Petroglyph Site
I-8 to Exit 102, Gila Bend, AZ
(623) 580-5500
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Gila Bend
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Green Valley, Arizona
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“Absolutely THE best place to view petroglyphs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

This site is a short distance off I-8, but definitely worth the drive. The morning we visited, we were the only people visiting. If you don't want to walk the entire circuit around the site, I suggest you start off to your left as you face the hill of rocks (from the parking lot), as most of the petroglyphs are on this side of the hill. I have visited many petroglyph sites, and this is the closest I have been to any preserved petroglyphs. I absolutely loved the isolation of this park.

Visited May 2012
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Centennial, Colorado
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“Excellent Collection of Petroglyphs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

We all thoroughly enjoyed this site. When we started around the trail to the west there wasn't much to see and felt it was just a waste of time but as we went toward the west, there were hundreds to be found among the rocks and very distinct. Trail is very short.
We spent time talking to the camp host and she told us a lot about the area. Camping sites available but not hook ups. Excellent picnicing and restroom facilities.

Visited February 2012
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Crestview, Florida
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“Needs help”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

It's not expensive ($2/car on an honor system), but maybe they need to charge more so that more can be done. It's about 15 minutes from the nearest town and in the middle of nowhere. There's LOTS of petroglyphs, but they are difficult to see since the trail is far from most of them. Plus, there's so many and very worn, it's hard to make out the separate pictures.

Not sure how to make it more interesting, but something is needed here. Oh, yes, turn left on the path after you leave the parking lot. We went the long way around and kept looking for petroglyphs that weren't there.

Visited February 2012
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