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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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  • This was my second time at V-Bar-V Heritage Site. This visit was much better than the first one (5 years ago). The docent was fabulous. His hour long presentation included explanations of the petrogly...  more »
  • The V Bar V is very close to Sedona and home to some great panels of largely undisturbed pictographs. While most were done by the ancient Sinagua natives some may actually predate them. Jim Wilson one...  more »
  • The site host totally engages the visitors. He is a retired science teacher who has a real knack for making the history interesting. I have taken others with me the last few years and learn new things...  more »
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  • Beautiful easy walk from the station to the petroglyphs. A wheelchair may be possible to get most of the way, but you won't be able to get close to the rock art in a chair. The volunteers and rangers are interesting and knowledgeable. Wonderful visit!
  • There is an ancient petroglyph panel that was a yearly calendar for the various farming communities. The informative docent explained how the sun delineates individual petroglyphs on solstices and equinoxes. It was an amazing experience of the brilliance of the former residents of the area. Wonderful!
  • We were amazed at how much we learned from our guide/ docent. Thank you Mike for your sharing so much information. Loved the area and the experience. Took over 20 years to finally get there but we will return before another 20 years, lol.
  • The Native American etchings are some of the best but get someone to explain the real significant meaning.
  • Highly recommend going to this heritage site. I am still awestruck! Mr. Ken Duffy is an excellent source of information. Thank you Mr and Mrs Duffy for volunteering and sharing your great knowledge!
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