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

Education Programs

The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve provides educational opportunities for families and adults of all ages.

Family Programs

Scout Badge Days

Children and a tour guide at DVPP

Throughout the year we offer organized Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts badge days. Badges include the Boy Scout Archaeology Badge, as well as Arizona Cactus Pine Council’s Own Archaeology patch and Getting to Know the Desert patch.

The archaeological badge and patch days take place over the course of an entire day and feature informational lectures, hands-on research activities and crafts, a tour of the museum and petroglyphs, and participation in a mock archaeological dig. Badge days are ideal for Boy Scouts, as well as older Brownies and Juniors.

The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve is an official program partner of the Arizona Cactus Pine Council. For information on event details and to register please visit their programming calendar and registration website.

Have younger scouts? The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve is a great place for Daisies, Brownies and Cub Scouts to visit as individual troops. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Elizabeth Gerold.

Adult Programs

Lectures, Workshops and Demonstrations

Arleyn Simon gives a presentation at DVPP

Throughout the year, the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve offers lectures and workshops for adults and continued learners. These feature researchers and experts in the fields of southwest archaeology, rock art and desert ecology from Arizona State University and other research organizations.

Lectures are included with the cost of admission.



Aaron Wright

Upcoming Lectures

Saturday, March 28 | 10 a.m.
Aaron Wright, preservation archaeologist for Archaeology Southwest

Wright is an expert researcher on Southwestern prehistoric cultures and rock art. He will be discussing his most recent research on rock art in Southern Arizona and the history of the petroglyphs at Deer Valley.

Past Lectures and Workshops

  • "Prehistoric Pottery Techniques" | Andy Ward
  • "Archaeology of the Roosevelt Dam" | Arelyn Simon, associate research professor emeritus
  • "Myths of Archaeology" | Associate Professor Matt Peeples
  • "Rock Art of the Southwest" | Aaron Wright
  • "Legacy of Landscapes: The Art and Archaeology of Perry Mesa" | Scott Wood, Tim Watkins and Dennis Eaglestone
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
An instructor points to petroglyphs during a OLLI course at DVPP

The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve partners with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to offer a variety of classes for learners ages 50+ focusing on a range of topics. For current course offerings and information regarding OLLI membership, please visit the institute's website.

Past Courses

  • "Learning to Love Lichens" | Frank Bungartz, collections manager of lichens and digital data
  • "Ancient Lives Under the Microscope: Expanding Archaeology with Chemistry" | Professor Kelly Knudson, Andrew Zipkin and Alexandra Greenwald
  • "The Art of Rock Art: Hands on Methods for Archaeological Photography" | Associate Professor Matt Peeples
  • "Making, Moving and Using Pottery in the Ancient Southwest" | Katherine Dungan, Caitlin Wichlacz and Sara Oas
  • "Cities and Empirers in Ancient Mesoamerica" | Professor Michael E. Smith, Angela Huster and Adrian Chase
  • "Archaeology in Practice: Exploring Different Specializations within the Field" | Jonathan Paige, Sofia Pacheco-Fores and April E. Kamp-Whittaker
  • "Making, Moving, and Using Pottery in the Ancient Southwest" | Katherine Dungan, Caitlin Wichlacz and Sarah Oas
  • "Humans and the Environment" | Claudine Gravel Miguel, Sara Klassen and Christopher Caseldine
  • "Archaeology of the Unseen" | Associate Professor Matthew Peeples, Emily Fioccoprile and Katherine Dungan