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Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, Gila Bend

#68 of 109 in Wildlife in Arizona
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  • Excellent little place in the middle of nowhere. Good clean toilets and lots of history in the rocks. 2 dollar honesty box. Well worth it but watch out for the wildlife of course. Follow marked path a...  more »
  • It is a quick trip for a midday stop. But the volcanic canvases are worth seeing. The site has primitive restroom facilities and covered picnic tables. There is no running water here. One of the side ...  more »
  • We came across the sign for this site unexpectedly, turned off onto a country road and found it easily in seemingly the middle of nowhere. There is a turnoff into a small parking area and a box (with ...  more »
  • My brother and I found this place during a cross country try trip from San Diego to Virgina. If you happen to be nearby, you should take the time to check out this place. Just a couple of rules before you go. 1 No pets. 2 Do not pick up or touch the rocks. 3 Stay on the path. (Plenty of signs to remind you of this one.) In general just be respectful and enjoy the view.
  • I love that efforts have been made to preserve these, and appreciated the chance to learn about them. This site is 11 miles off the beaten path, so if you're expecting more than a pile of volcanic rock written/drawn on by this land's indigenous peoples, you could be disappointed. If you have no expectations, it's a nice peek into a time before Europeans overran the land. Also, there are numerous picnic tables (with grills) in the vicinity, a few of which are even under shelters, and there is a latrine. A mere $2 per car is requested, and there is even a campground nearby.
  • This was really great. It is very accessible and easy to find. It's a bit off the road but well worth the extra time.
  • Painted rock is a great place to see hundreds of petroglyphs without having to work hard. I camped overnight, great place for spring camping trip. Camp sites and toilets are fantastic because host does such a great job
  • Great site for petroglyphs. So sad that people graffiti the site. It's 11 miles off the 8 but worth it for a little side trip.

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