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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!
These guided tours offer a deeper look at the nature and ecology of the Sonoran Desert focusing on plants and wildlife in the fall and how the prehistoric native people would have incorporated them into daily life.
Included with general admission.
We are excited to bring Wild at Heart Owls to the preserve. Wild at Heart is a rescue, rehabilitation and release center for birds of prey. They will be presenting their rescue and rehabilitations efforts and showcasing a few of their rescued owls.
In the late thirteenth 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 how he has used the process of “reverse engineering” to successfully reproduce Salado polychromes and the lessons learned along the way.
Our knowledgeable docents will be on the trail in the morning and afternoon sharing information about the Sonoran desert plants and animals, the petroglyphs and the ancient people who made them.
Presentations and tours included with admission fee