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“Petroglyphs in a desert setting in the center of North Phoenix.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve
Ranked #1 of 2 Tours in Glendale
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Peoria
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Petroglyphs in a desert setting in the center of North Phoenix.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

There are several parts to this Center. The viewing theater, the museum where some photos of the petroglyphs are displayed, the children's area where there are activities for the kids and the 1/4 mile trail where you can explore the petroglyphs and pictographs in their natural setting. Some of them are already faint and may be difficult to view.You may need binoculars for some. Along the way you will find different labeled plants native to the area,and spot some wildlife if you are lucky. You also get a valley view of Hedgpeth Hills and the McDowelll Mountains. The ramadas come in handy as a shelter from the summer heat. Early grinding tools are also shown.
This center is available for free by obtaining a culture pass through the local library.

Visited May 2012
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Omaha, NE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“out of the way but great once you get there”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

I am glad that we went here, it was interesting and easy to walk out to the area of the pictures. I agree that going in the morning is the best time to go because other wise you would get a lot of sun glare. The volunteers are the best part but it amazing to see how high they climbed to make the art.

Visited March 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit / Volunteers are excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

We visited the Deer Valley Rock Art Center early in April. The volunteers are were very good and the center is very accessible for those who have mobility issues. The building designed by architect Will Bruder is beautiful. Lots of wildlife on the day we visited. Early morning is the best time to visit.

Visited April 2012
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philadelphia
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165 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“better rock art elsewhere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

I have seen much better rock art elsewhere without forking over $7 per person. It may have been better at a different time during the day, when we were there the sun was directly overhead and that made looking at the rock art and photographing it much more difficult. It would definitely be better to go early in the day or later in the evening when the sun is at a different angle. The inside attraction appears to be geared to school groups.

Visited February 2012
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Glendale, Arizona
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“history in our backyard”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

A great place to see Arizona history - and simply amazing that is right there in the middle of the neighborhood. Family friendly, easy walk to view. Would recommend to tour in the fall, winter, spring or very early in the day in the summer.

Visited April 2011
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