Frequently asked questions

What form of payments do you accept at the preserve?

The preserve accepts cash, check (made out to Arizona State University), and credit cards (Mastercard, Visa and Amex). Unfortunately, Discover card is not accepted.

Do you sell food?

There are no food services available on site, but we do sell bottled water.

Can I bring my dog?

Per ASU policy, only licensed service animals are allowed on site.

Are you affiliated with the National Parks?

The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve is not affiliated with the National Park Service, Arizona State Parks, Maricopa County Regional Parks or City of Phoenix Parks. The preserve is owned by Maricopa County Flood Control District, and operated by Arizona State University.

Is the trail ADA accessible?

Please note the trail is not ADA accessible. The trail is a relatively flat, gravel walking path, and is suitable for all levels of fitness.

How long does it take to walk the trail and view the building and its exhibits?

The walking trail is a quarter mile long and every visitor moves at their own pace. We recommend allowing for at least 90 minutes to fully experience all the preserve has to offer. The museum and trail can be completed in as little as 45 minutes, while some visitors spend the entire day.

Do you offer daily guided tours?

We do not offer daily guided tours of the site. However, we do offer a self-guided option that will explain points of interest along the trail. Knowledgeable staff are always on site to answer any questions you may have. During scheduled events, docents are available for short presentations and to answer questions. Please check our Events and Tours section for more information.

How do I schedule a guided tour?

On the website under the tour section there is a request form that you can fill out and send to us. All instructions for guided tours are in this section.

Can I ride my bicycle on the trail?

No bicycles, skateboards or scooters are allowed on the trail. We have a bike rack onsite for visitors that ride their bike to the preserve. Please note, we do not have bicycle locks on site. You are responsible for any unattended property.

Is drinking water available on the trail?

There is no water on the trail. We recommend you bring water or bottled water is available for purchase. Please note there is limited shade on the trail and it can get quite hot during the day. Please check the Visit section of the website for more information on preparing for your visit.

Are there other trails at the preserve that I can hike?

We only have the quarter-mile trail to the petroglyphs. For more hiking options, Thunderbird Conservation Park is located on the adjacent side of Hedgpeth Hills. The crossroads are 59th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak.