Location and Hours


Enjoy winter in the desert with free admission!

Inside the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

Photo by Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

Saturday, Dec. 15
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last admission trail at 2:15 p.m.)
Free Admission

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.

Saturday’s activities include:

Items in the Deer Valley gift shop

Photo by Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

Gift shop sale – 20 percent off all merchandise – purchase unique items in the shop including publications from ASU faculty and experts in the field of southwest archaeology and petroglyphs, cookbooks on indigenous foods, nature guides, children’s books, mugs, jewelry, bags, hats and souvenirs.

10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Docent guided tours. Learn about Sonoran desert plants and animals, the petroglyphs and the ancient people who made them from knowledgeable docents.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. - SALT (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technology) demonstrations. Learn skills like starting fire with a stick, making stone tools, rope making, and more! Attendance is free. Participation is free to SALT members, non-SALT members pay a nominal cash fee for supplies.