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Location and Hours


Life in the Desert Guided Tour

Desert flowers

Every Wednesday in March – March 6, 13, 20 and 27
10 a.m.

The Life in the Desert Tour offers a deeper look at the nature and ecology of the Sonoran Desert. Visitors will learn about desert plants and wildlife and how indigenous cultures would have incorporated them into their daily life. 

Tour included with admission fee.

The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve offers a variety of guided tour options.

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Contact 623-582-8007 for additional information if needed.

School Field Trips – available for grades K-12

Photo of a field trip to DVPPOctober – April, Tuesday – Friday

Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance.

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Field trips are scheduled for 1 hour and 45 minutes and includes the following activities:

  • Guided tour of the permanent museum exhibit, petroglyph site and nature preserve
  • Petroglyph search activity
  • Mesquite bean grinding with manos and mutates
  • Take-home activity

Our knowledgeable educators will introduce your students to the following:

  • Archaeology
  • Prehistoric native cultures of Arizona
  • Rock art
  • Desert ecology


$2.50 per student (grades K-8)
$3.50 per student (grades 9+)
FREE for teachers and one chaperone per every five students (required)
$3.50 per additional chaperone

*Title 1 school pricing available


Guided Tours

Photo of a tour at DVPP

Docent-guided tours of the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve are available for groups of a minimum of 10 people. The 90-minute tour provides an in-depth look at the preserve, the Adobe Dam project and the 1,500 petroglyphs. It allows visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the historic importance of the site and desert landscape, and ask questions of knowledgeable docents along the way.

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Available to schedule Wednesday – Saturday. Reservations required in advance.


Docent-led guided group tours Unguided groups of 10 or more
Adults $10 Adults $6.50
Seniors (62+) $7 Seniors (62+) $3.50
Students $7 Students $3.50
Military $7 Military $3.50
Children (6 - 12) $6 Children (6 - 12) $2.50
Children (under 6) Free Children (under 6) Free

* For unguided groups of 10 or more, please call ahead to ensure we can provide the most engaging experience during your visit.

Life in the Desert

Each spring the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve offers a deeper look at the nature and ecology of the Sonoran Desert, with its Life in the Desert Tours. These limited engagement events focus on the plants and wildlife that are in full bloom in the spring months and teaches visitors about how the prehistoric native people would have incorporated them into their daily life.

Schedule to be determined: Seasonal offering


Sunset Tours

During the summer months, the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve offers visitors the chance to experience the magic of the Hedgpeth Hills at Sunset. Docents will lead groups outside to witness the famous Arizona sunsets, while getting a unique view of the petroglyphs that is available only once a year. Reservations required in advance, please call for times and dates.

Schedule to be determined: Seasonal offering