Location and Hours

Open Wednesday-Saturday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Last admission to trail at 2:15 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Holiday Closure
Thursday, Nov. 28 - Tuesday, Dec. 3

Prepare for your visit
Service animals only
Trail is not ADA accessible

Admission fees

3711 W. Deer Valley Road
Phoenix, AZ  85308

Phone: 623-582-8007
Map and directions


Photo of visitors at the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

Escape the city on a self-guided quarter-mile nature trail featuring prehistoric petroglyphs, native desert plants, and animals in their natural habitat.

The preserve features historical research data completed by J. Simon Bruder, as well as displays of on-going Southwest archaeology research by ASU faculty and students.

The university has operated, protected and preserved the site since 1994. Opportunities to explore and learn more about the site and indigenous cultures are available through guided tours, publications and on-going lectures series. We look forward to your visit!

Special Event

A Celebration of Southwest Culture - Saturday, Nov. 23

The preserve is excited to present this day of celebration featuring cultural performances and presentations. These additional features are included with admission fee.

Performances by Aaron White
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

White and his group Burning Sky were nominated for Best Native American Recording at the Grammy Awards in 2003, and won 2003 Group of the Year from the Native American Music Awards.

Performance times are 11-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. and included with admission fee.

Aaron White

Photo courtesy Canyon Records

Book Signing: "Native Harvest"
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Kevin Dahl, senior program manager for the National Parks Conversation Association will be at the preserve signing his popular book, "Native Harvest: Authentic Southwestern Gardening." Featuring step-by-step instructions for plants such as corn, beans, squash and many other beautiful and delicious food plants, this book is the best first step in creating your own southwestern gardening.

An alumnus of both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, Kevin’s long-term interest in plants led to a degree in ethnobotany from Prescott College. He is also the author of "Wild Plants of the Sonoran Desert," published by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Cover of the Native Harvest book featuring corn cobs
Pottery Presentation and Firing Demonstration
10 a.m.

In the late 13th century a new type of pottery called Salado polychromes appeared across a broad swath of the southern Southwest. A better understanding of the technology used to create such wares will help answer some of the questions related to Salado as a cultural phenomenon.

Potter and independent researcher Andy Ward will discuss and demonstrate how he has used the process of "reverse engineering" to successfully reproduce Salado polychromes and the lessons learned along the way.

A pot next to an open flame

Photo courtesy Andy Ward