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

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

Welcome

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!

Desert Nature Tours
Visitors on a tour at DVPP
Wednesdays, Feb. 26, March 4 and March 18
12–1:30 p.m. |
Featuring docent Liz Alexander

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.

Saturday Events in March | Included with admission fee

Saturday, March 7
Wild at Heart Owls
10:30 a.m.
An owl and cactus
Photo: Wild at Heart Owls

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.

Pottery Presentation and Firing Demonstration
Speaker: Andy Ward
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
A pot next to burning wood
Photo: Andy Ward

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.

Docents on the Trail
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
A docent guides a tour group at DVPP

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

Saturday, March 14
Roosevelt Platform Mound Study Research Presentation | 10:30 a.m.
Life in the Desert Guided Tour | 10 a.m.
Docents on the Trail | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Saturday, March 21
Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology Presentation | 10:30 a.m.
Docents on the Trail | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Saturday, March 28
Southwest Rock Art – Patayan and Hohokam Cultures Presentation | 11 a.m.
Montezuma Castle National Monument Presentation | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Docents on the Trail | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.