Deer Valley Rock Art Museum Visit


This museum came into existence 16 years ago when urban development threatened an area known for their many ancient petroglyphs.  A committee was formed and the area with these ancient symbols, was turned into a museum. 





Here are the photos from our weekend trip:





This rock depicts many animal forms.  On the bottom right of the rock are two deer nose to nose.  A park attendant thought that this may have depicted a deer on one side and his reflection on the other given the close proximity of a now dry river bed.


There were many interesting symbols and shapes.  This one looks like a caterpillar or centipede.  Or maybe it is supposed to represent something more spiritual?  The pictures here are only a few compared to what we were able to see.  They were located on top of a hill.  Although I tried my best to zoom in, the symbols aren't discernible.  They appear to just be a pile of rocks.  However, some of the symbols included what looked like the stick figure of a man with antennae and also another human-like form with lines drawn in that looked like a rib cage.




Manos and metates used to grind mesquite beans into flour.


Could the wavy lines on this rock symbolize water?  These are estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,500 years old.  They tell a story.  Maybe someday we'll know what it is. 

This museum is located in N. Phoenix.  Here is the web address for anyone interested:  If you have AAA there is a discount to get in.

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12 thoughts on “Deer Valley Rock Art Museum Visit

  1. That would definitely be something I'd want to see. I love things like that.

  2. This must have been an interesting visit. I'm sure you would enjoy some Aboriginal rock paintings – if you ever get to Australia 🙂

  3. Isn't that neat? Sometimes when I'm hiking I'll just see these on random rocks as well. There such a mystery.

  4. Sure thing. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I agree. There were quite a few beautiful old buildings here that were torn down all for the sake of progress.
    There are a ton of these petroglyphs throughout the desert. Its unfortunate that people have taken chunks out of them as souvenirs.

  7. How cool. These things should be way more protected. I think there is a lot of our history lost just because we're thinking of building something new, grand and ugly.

  8. Thank you Rima! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  9. Like your photos collection, great job.

  10. Very cool Tony. A friend's son once picked up a fossilized shell in a rock when we were hiking in the eastern part of the state. He let me keep it. It was pretty neat to see that in the high desert.

  11. Hello..Very interesting..I have a modest knowledge of signs..stamps and symbols found on rocks. I find it of interest from 1 to 5 inches in length..found here in L.A. area..on into the Sierras have a miner's stamp..indicating what kind of rock..possible precious content..etc. Some of these are dated..a great many of them around 1850..I have found some fossil rocks as well..right on the surface..these are pretty..I have to check out that site..Peace Tony

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