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“Absolutely worth the trip”

Rock Art Canyon Ranch
Ranked #2 of 12 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.
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Rock Art Canyon Ranch is out of the way --- about 20 miles into the middle of nowhere. You MUST contact the owner and schedule a tour in advance. The directions to the ranch are quite simple.

Once you arrive at the ranch, you will find an amazing museum of local pioneer/settler pieces, as well as an outstanding collection of Native American artifacts, all from the local area. Many of the pioneer pieces are from the owner's family --- the personal history connections are fascinating to hear. The owner is a warm and fascinating man.

But despite the high quality of the museum, it is simply the icing on the cake. The real treasure is the canyon itself. The walls of the canyon are literally covered with many hundreds if not thousands of petroglyphs. We saw petroplyphs in many other (more accessible) places during our visit to AZ. The Rock Art Ranch site was by far the most extensive and best preserved.

Be prepared for both walking and climbing. To get to the petroglyphs, you climb into the canyon. There are stairs and a hand railing, but it is still quite an interesting climb. And when you are in the canyon, you will be walking on creek sand and climbing over rocks.

We spent 4 hrs at Rock Art, and could have spent much more time. We will be returning.

6  Thank Rick G
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Rock Art Canyon Ranch is accessible only by contacting the ranch owner. But once you are there you will see the most marvelous petroglyphs in a beautiful canyon. Wear your walk/hiking shoes.

5  Thank Elizabeth R
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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.

9  Thank AlCYonkers
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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.

4  Thank Robert S
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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.

5  Thank toy4cannon
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