Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, Gila Bend
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We were on our way from Phoenix to San Diego needed a short break this tourist attraction is 11 miles from the major highway 8. It has a honor pay system it's $2.00! Quaint unattended. Lots of signs e... read more »
Enjoyed a little side trip to the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, read about it in a motorcycle magazine and thought it would be cool to see, it is not over the top amazing but if you are near by it is ... read more »
Petroglyphs are numerous and many are well preserved. Some date over 2000 years ago. The signage is pretty good as well. Easy to walk around. It is helpful, but not necessary, to have binoculars since... read more »
Take time to stop and see history in real life! It only takes 15 min or less to get there, unless you're on a bicycle, which they have parking for oddly enough. I didn't even notice if I had service on my phone since I was taking pictures and enjoying the visit. It's $2 per vehicle to visit which you pay on the honor system by sliding some cash into a slotted metal box at the entrance of the trail. Don't be cheap, you can afford to throw $5 in there if you're already traveling. Pets are not permitted, although they do provide doggie poo bags in the parking lot, which is scorching hot to little padded feet. Stay on the trail and let nature be so it is available for generations after your visit. There are nice panels with notable information at the beginning, middle, and end of the short trail. Most of the petroglyphs are on the left side of the trail of you're antsy and need to go counter clockwise. Watch for snakes. Wear sunscreen, and a hat if you like to take your time. Bring along a bottle of water in the summer months...yes, even this short distance. The park is very clean, very quiet. There is no source of water. There are no noticeable trash cans, except a dumpster, which is fairly clean on the outside, but cans are user friendly in picnic and dog poo areas (poo bag goes where?) There are two large covered picnic areas with picnic tables. Assuming the park open from dawn till dusk. There is one men's and one women's restroom, like a building with porta potta inside. Please, do not take the hand sanitizer (someone had before our visit). Please, leave the park in it's natural state. Do not allow vandalism, leave garbage, take rocks, plants, or any other living or non-living thing. Encourage others to stop by and support our parks and history. I took away star for no trash receptacles and or water source (picnic/grilling areas, doggie poo...will need to go somewhere). Also, I'm not a fan of natural parks who ban dogs, who are natural creatures of this Earth and considered part of my family.
I am sucker for archeological sites and will go out of my way to see them. I have passed the sign a number of times and I finally made it to the Painted Rock Petroglyphs. It is pretty awesome to see something that has been there for many many years. It is only 11 miles from Interstate 8 so it won't cut too much into your allotted travel time. I even saw two roadrunners crossing the road the morning I went. Don't even question it and just go.
I drove 11 miles off of the highway in the mid day desert heat hoping to see something a little more than what I found. It is very cool to see the different petroglyphs, but it is desolate, super hot, and out of cell signal range. If your car is in danger of overheating, don't make the trek. If it's early or late day, cooler out, and you have kids with you, this is an educational spot.
We stopped by for a few minutes while on a trip. Really cool place, it is a little further off the highway than you first think, just keep going and keep the faith and you'll get there in about 20 mins. In addition to the painted rocks, we saw a bunch of Chuckwallas and other wildlife. Kids enjoyed the lizards more than the rocks. Looking forward to camping there later this year when the weather is cooler.
Most sites are level. Easy in easy out. Nice and quiet. We stayed in November didn't see one snake. We did see one coyote but they did not bother us. No hookups, excellent site for boondocking on the way to Yuma! We stayed for days.
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