Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

This archaeology museum and 47-acre Sonoran Desert preserve is home to the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix area.

Open to the public for tours, the Will Bruder-designed facility serves as the primary exhibition space for the Center for Archaeology and Society. 

3711 W. Deer Valley Road
Phoenix, AZ  85308


On select Fridays this summer, join us for a unique opportunity to view our 1,500+ petroglyphs in optimal, late-day lighting and perhaps catch a glimpse of quail, rabbits, coyotes and other Sonoran Desert denizens.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
July 24August 7 + August 21
Reservations are required in advance. 

Beat the Heat with Free Summer Saturdays!

Visit us the third Saturday of each month through September for free admission + special programming.

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Calling all Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps!

The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve has proudly joined the Blue Star Museum family.

May 26 through Labor Day 2015, active-duty military personnel and their families are welcome to visit free of charge.

Military guests who present a Geneva Convention common access card (CAD), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card will gain free admission for themselves and up to five family members. 

For more information on the program or to locate participating museums, visit the Blue Star Museums site.

Phoenix Councilwoman Thelda Williams recently sat down with Center for Archaeology + Society co-director Richard Toon to discuss the historical and contemporary significance of the preserve.


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Admission: Adults $7; Seniors (62+) + Students + Military $4; Children (6–12) $3; Children (5 + Younger) + ASU Students + Museum Members are free.
There is a 10% discount for AAA members.

Closures – The preserve will be closed in observation of the following holidays:

  • Labor Day (September 7)
  • Thanksgiving (November 26 & 27) 
  • Christmas (December 24 & 25)

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Voted a Phoenix Point of Pride and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the ASU Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve exists to protect the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site; to interpret and appreciate the cultural expressions found here; and to be a center for rock art research worldwide. Continued tribal connection reminds us to respect the sacredness of this site.

Built in 1994, this spectacular building designed by architect Will Bruder sits over the spillway of the Flood Control District of Maricopa County’s Adobe Dam.

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For more information:
Richard Toon, Center for Archaeology and Society Co-Director



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