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Review of Rock Art Canyon Ranch

Rock Art Canyon Ranch
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Winslow
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Offers tours of some of the best preserved petroglyphs in the country.
Yonkers, New York
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77 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

It's off the beaten path and couldn't find it. When I called for explicit directions I was told not to bother because reservations are required. Wanted to see the buffalo but was told there are no buffalo.

Visited July 2012
9 Thank AlCYonkers
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Phoenix, Arizona
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67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

This was my second visit to the Rock Art Canyon Ranch, and I enjoyed it as much as the first. Baird is a great host and guide, and let me camp out overnight at the ramada for next to nothing, even trusting me with a key to the gate. This is a great trip for those with interests in archaeology and the old west.

Visited May 2012
4 Thank Robert S
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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192 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“an awesome afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

We took the tour with another couple on Saturday afternoon. Brantley Baird, the rancher, was extremely gracious, patient, and knowledgable. The relics and artifacts at the first building we visited were incredible. Many Anazasi pots and tools have been found on his property over the years. He then took us to a sweat house and hogan a few miles away. Then to an overlook at Chevlon canyon that had stairs leading down to the creek. I've never seen so many petroglyphs in one area. The Bairds have done a tremendous job at protecting this area from vandals yet allowing the public to see this fascinating area. The drive from Winslow is a dusty and dry 40 minutes or so and you would never know that there is such a lush perenial water source nearby. We plan on doing this again and possibly staying at the overlook which is allowed with permission from the Bairds. If you are staying in Holbrook or Winslow this is a must-see if you've already done the touristy stuff such as Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. We also saw a herd of Buffalo on his property including a day or two day old newborn prancing along with the mother. Very cool. One warning - don't use a low slung sports car on this trip. There are some rough patches on the dirt roads.

Visited May 2012
5 Thank toy4cannon
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Scottsdale, AZ
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59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Amazing find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

We are so happy we heard about the Rock Art Canyon Ranch just before our trip to Winslow and Mounument Valley. We have travelled throughout Arizona, Utah and New Mexico and this is, by far, the best petroglyphs we have ever seen. The owner, Mr. Baird, will escort you to the canyon on a somewhat rugged road from his ranch/museum. You should be aware that to really see the petroglyphs, you need to go down around 14 rock and metal stairs which are pretty steep although there is a handrail most of the way. Once you are down into the canyon, it is pretty easy to navigate along the river to view these amazing petroglyphs. Make sure you leave time to explore the kiva, sweat house and the ranch/museum which has a very interesting collection of old farm artifacts. If we used the driving directions we got from Mapquest we probably never would have found the ranch so be sure to call Mr. Baird for directions. He's a delightful guy.

Visited April 2012
3 Thank starspar2
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Ocala, Florida
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54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Pretty neat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

We enjoyed our day at Rock Art Canyon Ranch. It's certainly nothing fancy and the "museums" are just a nice collections of old artifacts found laying around but, it'll hold your interest if you decide to go by.
The owners are most accommodating to visitors. Mr. Baird is a true western gentleman and a real story teller. His history and recollection of his family ranch is like reading a history book. The small museum he has assembled would rival any big metropolitan building I've ever been in. Judging by his visitors he gets (i.e., Smithsonian, universities, etc.,) he has the attention of a lot of very knowledgeable and persistent people. The day we were there, Northern Arizona University had a team there researching a site at the canyon.
All-in-all, it's a nice way to spend the day and enjoy some real western family history, that covers generations, from folks that have lived it and have the stuff to back up what they say. Just go!

Visited April 2012
3 Thank clouddancer330
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