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Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve

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A gentle walk

My friends and I saw the picture of the waterfall part of this hike and decided to give it a whirl... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Carmichael, California
Nice walk and a few pictographs

After you park off El Paso Road, you'll walk dirt paths to get to the signage about the canyon and... read more

Reviewed June 6, 2018
Flagstaff, Arizona
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“petroglyphs”(4 reviews)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friends and I saw the picture of the waterfall part of this hike and decided to give it a whirl. It smelled really bad by the beginning of the trail, some type of sewage thing I think. It's honestly kind of a random hike,...More

Thank kovarwithak
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Where is the waterfall? Where is the beautiful trail? We (myself, my wife and young daughter) arrived on a hot morning, eager to cool off by taking a nice hike amidst the pines and seeing some nature, but all we could do was trudge along...More

1  Thank EPFSedona
Reviewed June 6, 2018

After you park off El Paso Road, you'll walk dirt paths to get to the signage about the canyon and its pictographs. It's not big but is nice to see and it's so close to town (when the forest opens again after monsoon season!).

Thank CleopatraBunny
Reviewed April 28, 2018

This trail takes you by a Sewer Plant and a Gas Plant. The smell of sewage is not what I'm looking for in a hike - I went up about as far as the Gas Plant, turned around and left. I get a kick out...More

2  Thank BBGCR
Reviewed March 31, 2018

We did the Tom Moody loop, but it's not well marked in some spots so we were often wondering if we were going the right way. We saw some cool petroglyphs along the way. Overall, the hike itself is easy with very little climb in...More

Thank Mindy G
Reviewed February 13, 2018

A very easy, self guided walk to explore the petroglyphs, waterfall, wildlife and old rail beds. The place is so cool, however, it is too easily missed. If we hadn't had a map drawn for us by the sweel lady at the visitor's center at...More

Thank WeSawIt2013
Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

Purina Canyon a dogs paradise. < you'll see. I was hoping for a little more hike than walk. Zero challenge. If we go again ee will head to the right from the trailhead and go to the waterfall then head back skipping the LONG and...More

Thank AlexG1510
Reviewed August 28, 2017

The signage is minimal but we just walked to the petroglyphs and waterfall so managed not to get lost. I am not much of a hiker but those I met and spoke to on the trail seemed content

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed August 16, 2017

This is a really cool hike in the City of Flag, it is actually a City park but it has lots of appeal. However, it is notoriously poorly marked, even though they give you an annotated map at the trailhead and there are trail markers!...More

1  Thank jokepoacher
Reviewed August 11, 2017

Have been twice in the last month. Just to the east of town. Free parking. Lovely walk through a creek area. Shaded. Not too steep. Interesting old rock drawings. About 1.5 hours needed.

1  Thank Soulefulltraveler
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