Deer Valley Rock Art Center
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April 27th, 2006 – by: mahoney
One of the park rangers at Montezuma Castle suggested I visit Deer Valley Rock Art Center, part of the Arizona State University Department of Anthropology, as I enter Phoenix, Arizona. I took her up on her suggestion and headed for the area.
I was the only one visiting the Center at this time and had the facility all to myself. They have done a wonderful job of educating the public on the history, preservation and future of this site. There have been over 1500 petroglyphs discovered at the Hedgpeth Hills site.
The 1/4 mile trail is easy to follow and well marked. Viewing tubes point out some of the markings on the dark rocks. Lots of wildlife in the area, I saw quail, a squirrel, some salamanders and a very large Chuckawalla. It is also a habitat for rattlesnakes, the exit door of the center asks to keep the door closed so that the wildlife stays wild...and outdoors.
It was a very nice side trip, admission was $5, and definitely worth the time to visit if in the area.
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