Location and Hours

Photo of visitors at the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve is an archaeology museum and 47-acre Sonoran Desert preserve, and home to the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix area. 

Horseshoe Ranch in Perry Mesa, Arizona

Panel Petroglyph. Horseshoe Ranch, Agua Fria National Monument, Perry Mesa, Arizona. Photo courtesy Shelley Rasmussen, March 16, 2013.

Current Exhibit

Legacy of Landscapes: The Art and Archaeology of Perry Mesa

Featuring the artistry of ASU alumnus photographer Pat Gorraiz, this exhibit explores the landscapes of Perry Mesa and the legacies left behind by the Ancestral People who lived there over a period of several hundred years.

Archaeologists from Arizona State University and federal agencies began researching the mesa in the early 2000s, and that work continues today with School of Human Evolution and Social Change archaeologist David Abbott, retired National Forest Services archaeologist Scott Wood, and many others.

Learn more about past research and publications.

Free Saturday

Enjoy winter in the desert with free admission

A petroglyph at the preserve

Photo courtesy of Chad Manz

Saturday, Feb. 16
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come explore and learn about the lives of prehistoric Native Americans and Southwest Archaeology. Experience our quarter-mile trail for a chance to view the petroglyphs, observe desert plants and animals in their native habitat, and learn about the history and culture of indigenous people. The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve invites visitors to immerse themselves into the surroundings and contemplate how their lives connect to those of the past.

More information


Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, Center for Archaeology & Society


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