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Painted Rock Petroglyph Site & Campground

Contact Info
Bureau of Land Management - Lower Sonoran Field Office
21605 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Phone:
623-580-5500
Basics
Elevation:
600 feet
Reservations:
Reservations not accepted.

Description

Painted Rocks Petroglyph Site, approximately 90 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona, provides visitors the opportunity to view an ancient archaeological site containing hundreds of symbolic and artistic rock etchings, or "petroglyphs," produced centuries ago by prehistoric peoples. There are also inscriptions made by people who passed through during historic times. Many well- known events in Arizona history occurred near the Petroglyph Site, including the expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza that founded San Francisco, the Mormon Battalion and the Butterfield Overland Mail. Formerly a unit of the Arizona State Park system, jurisdiction of Painted Rocks Petroglyph Site reverted to the Bureau of Land Management in 1989.

Amenities

Basic Amenities
  • Vault Toilets
Special Features
  • Cooking Grills
  • Fire Rings
  • Picnic Tables
Additional Notes

NO Drinking Water
A ramada is available for group activities.
During October through April, a Campground Host is on site.

Amenity list above may not be complete.

Details

Season
Year round
Location
90 miles southwest of Phoenix
20 miles northwest of Gila Bend
Elevation
600 feet
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
Additional Details
Painted Rock Petroglyph Site is shown on many Arizona road maps as "Painted Rock State Park."

Currently, there is no public access to Painted Rock Dam or the Lake which is 4.5 miles north of this site.

You may encounter rattlesnakes or other poisonous creatures; watch for them and be careful where you put your hands and feet.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Exit Interstate 8 at Painted Rock Dam Road (Exit 102) approximately 12.5 miles west of Gila Bend. Travel north on Painted Rock Dam Road (paved) 10.7 miles to Rocky Point Road (unpaved). Painted Rock Petroglyph Site is 0.6 miles west of Painted Rock Dam Road on Rocky Point Road.

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