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Rock Art Canyon Ranch

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Stacy wrote a review Oct 22
Elizabeth, Colorado75 contributions15 helpful votes
This was truly a remarkable experience! The room of artifacts found on the property was stunning! Our guide was friendly, well informed, and appreciated questions (we had many!). University of Arizona has a field school on the ranch. The amazing thing at their site was the amount of sherds from different locations found at this site, indicating more trade than I had previously been taught. The amount of petroglyphs in the valley was stunning! If you have the opportunity, this is a "must see"!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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beckiest wrote a review Sep 2020
Sunnyvale, California7 contributions1 helpful vote
Our friend of ours heard we were heading to Santa Fe and said this was a must see! I can’t even put into words the breadth of this experience. The museum at the beginning of the tour showed life from both the perspective of a rancher and ancient Native American culture. Clearly the family that owns the land that the petroglyphs are on love and respect all aspects of Native American life now and in the past. We set aside 3 hours but stayed longer and you will want to as well.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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noworries2000 wrote a review Jul 2020
Federal Way, Washington767 contributions355 helpful votes
OMG! I have travelled all over the world and this is one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Brantley Baird is a piece of living history of the West. He and his family have a 5000 acre working ranch outside of Winslow and they will happily share the history of how their family helped settle the area and show you many amazing artifacts they've kept in their family from the 1800s and early 1900s. After sharing that amazing history they will take you out and show you some of the archaeological dig sites, and let you roam the area on your own and explore the canyons with the pottery, tools, and petroglyphs from the natives who inhabited the area 9000 years ago. I spent an entire day in the canyons exploring the artifacts the natives left behind and I likely missed half of them. Call ahead and make a reservation - they keep the groups small so they can personalize the tours. Take along comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of water, a good camera, good binoculars, and a cooler of munchies. There is an excellent picnic spot above the canyon that is a great rest stop before/after you climb into the canyon. The steps are steep - not good for people who are even partially immobile. I took hundreds of pictures down in the canyon and even swam in the pools of water to cool off. Please respect the area and resist the urge to pick up pottery shards or stone tools that you will surely see walking around. The place is a national heritage site and Brantley and his family have done a great job preserving and protecting it. When you make reservations, be sure to have them text you the simple driving instructions and map that will easily guide you to the ranch (about 40 minutes outside of Winslow). Don't rely on your GPS to find the place - you will likely not find it. (Online maps and directions from search engines such as Google or Bing are wrong.) Plan to spend the day, or even ask about staying overnight. The roads driving around the ranch itself are a bit rough, so make sure your car has good tires and clearance. There is so much to explore, you won't see it all in just a few hours. Above all, these are some of the nicest people you will ever meet! Enjoy!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Jen wrote a review Nov 2019
51 contributions3 helpful votes
This was an incredible stop! Starting with an awesome barn full of Arizona history, then a private tour through acres of Native America relics, this was spectacular. Our children were blown away by the petroglyphs in the canyon. Brantley was the best tour guide ever!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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wensdazechyld wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom21 contributions13 helpful votes
I'm a well-travelled person. I've seen many wonderous, exciting, unusual things. But this is my favourite of everything to date. By some margin. The owner, Brantly, is one of the nicest people I think I've ever met. He's lived on the ranch most of his life and first discovered ancient pottery when he was a child - collecting ever since. The barn is the most superb collection of pioneer materials and Native American artefacts and Brantly is an absolute wikipedia of information. Part of the attraction is that it's mosty Brantly's stuff... his father and grandfather's guns, their original saddles etc. And then there's just a mass of oddities and beautiful petrified wood. And this is before seeing the main attractions: the Anasazi huts and the petroglyphs in the canyon. The huts are maintained by the local Native tribe, I believe it is the Hopi tribe, and the elder that recently re-mudded one of them (no small task) has just turned 113!! Then it's onto the hidden and unexpected canyon in the midst of a completely flat landscape, with the petroglyphs, where Brantly leaves you to explore. If you have mobility issues you cannot enter the canyon - and it is most definitely not suitable for children due to the difficult nature of the rough, man-made steps (read climbing-frame) to get to the bottom of the canyon. And remember to fill water bottles in the barn (natural ice-cold well-water) as it gets hot out there!! For me though, the best bit was Brantly. A real-life 'cowboy' of 83(?) whose team won the Pony Express 2 years ago. He genuinely cares about the historical artefacts on his land, and taking care of nature. He won me over immediately when he talked about how he realised he was the caretaker of the land and the nature on it. He is such a 'warm' and caring soul and it was an absolute privilege to spend time with him (which says a lot as I'm a total misanthrope). I'm most definitely planning my return visit with the hopes of spending more time at the ranch enjoying the solitude and silence. I can't recommend this highly enough. Thank you Brantly!!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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