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V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Rimrock

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The V-Bar-V Heritage Site is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley of central Arizona, and one of the best-preserved. The rock art site consists of 1,032 petroglyphs in 13 panels. Acquired by the Coconino National Forest in 1994, the site is protected and kept open to the public by the US Forest Service. Volunteers from the Verde Valley Archaeological Society and the Friends of the Forest provide interpretive tours and on-site management.A visitor center, restroom and bookstore, operated by the Forest Service and the Arizona Natural History Association, is located on site. The fenced petroglyph site is an easy half-mile walk from the parking lot. For most of the year, there is a resident on-site custodian.HistoryThe petroglyphs were created by Southern Sinagua residents between about 1150 and 1400 AD. The site was known to early American settlers, and became part of the historic V-Bar-V ranch around 1907. The ranch headquarters were nearby, and the ranchers protected the site from vandalism. Some historic ranch buildings remain near the Visitor Center. The US Forest Service acquired the site in 1994.Beaver Creek Rock Art StyleRock art is one type of archaeological data that can be used to identify prehistoric cultures and time periods. The Beaver Creek Rock Art Style has been identified and formally described through studies of rock art sites in the Beaver Creek area, especially at V-Bar-V. The Beaver Creek Style, found throughout the eastern half of the Verde Valley, is diagnostic of the Southern Sinagua culture between A.D. 1150 and 1400.
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  • The V-Bar-V Heritage Site, is site of the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley and one of the best preserved. It consists of 1032 petroglyphs, created by the Sinagua. You can get pretty c...  more »
  • What an amazing understated and hidden gem the V-Bar-V ranch petroglyph site is! You can stand just a few feet from over a thousand petroglyphs and benefit from an expert volunteer park ranger who wil...  more »
  • My Husbands Sister was visiting from Virginia. Although she was born and raised here in the Verde valley, she never got to see the V Bar V Heritage site. I am from Massachusetts and this was something...  more »
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  • It's absolutely beautiful, however there is far too much government presence to connect with the site the way you should.
  • Great family style stop! Its very easy with easy access. The park volunteers are great and very knowledgeable. I am giving it only 4 stars as I am an avid hiker in AZ and have covered the state exploring ruins and petroglyph sites. This is not the largest in the Verde by any means...I found a site that is around a quarter of a mile long minimum and up to 2-3 stories tall. But there might be a reason for them to not want this to get out. I've been fortunate to find things like this and defensive forts and ruins some that no one has laid eyes on.....truly blessed! Get out there people and have some fun!!
  • Narrated by park and volunteers. Well done. Donate! We froze our a$$ off but well worth it.
  • Fantastic site. A definite must-see if you're interested in such things. The tall rock wall is found at the end of a relatively short (and flat) walk. We enjoyed meeting the fantastic site hosts in the summer of 2015!
  • My friend, Julie and I went to see the V Bar V Heritage Site in May, 2015. We enjoyed the plant life on the short hike in to the area where there are about 1032 individual petroglyphs. As you walk on the trail, look for the wild tomatoes, little bitty things. We saw a Black Hawk flying over us. Jim Wilson did a wonderful educational talk about the petroglyphs. I encourage you visit these historic sites.

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