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


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.

Offered in partnership with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, this week-long program provides campers ages 8-12 with the opportunity to learn how people of the past utilized their resources, and how their actions impact the present and possibly the future.

Focusing on connecting the past to the present and learning to incorporate sustainable practices in their everyday lives, campers will participate in educational and hands-on activities drawn from subjects including archaeology, desert ecology and Southwest cultures. They will also participate in archaeological fieldwork and demonstrations, art and science projects, nature hikes and cultural experiences.

ASU anthropologists and sustainability educators teach the program with local artists and indigenous experts, using the 47-acre preserve as a backdrop. 

Cost: $140 for members; $180 general

To register, please complete and return the Registration Form and Participant Release + Waiver with payment.

A limited number of scholarships are available.

For more information on the Archaeology + Desert Ecology Summer Camp, contact Libby Gerold by email or at 623-582-8007.

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.

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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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