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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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  • ... and mind taking a bit of time from your travels along I-17, then treat yourself. This is a surprisingly interesting and intriguing stop. The resident docent, volunteer rangers are wonderful and he...  more »
  • We've been to V Bar V several times, and each visit reveals something new. The Forest Rangers and volunteers interpreters are terrific. Plan to visit at different times of the year (the solstices woul...  more »
  • I've wanted to see petroglyphs for years, and decided that it was time. Although on a small scale, it is still spell-bounding to look upon something left by ancient civilizations. The hike was pleasan...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Fantastic place for rock art.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting Indian paintings and super nice and helpful volunteers from the National Park service that will explain it all to you
  • Very well preserved petroglyph's, great guided tour