The Crane Petroglyph and Historic V Bar V Ranch | Visit Sedona

The Crane Petroglyph and Historic V Bar V Ranch

The Crane Petroglyph is a must-see for anyone interested in the ancient art and culture of the Southwest.

Address: 6750 Forest Service Rd. Rimrock, Ariz.

The Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site features over 1,000 petroglyphs that were carved into the rock by the Southern Sinagua people over 600 years ago. The petroglyphs depict a variety of images, including animals, people and geometric shapes, offering a fascinating window into the world of the ancient people who once inhabited the region. This is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley and the best preserved.

The Heritage Site was once part of the V Bar V Ranch, which is now known as the Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site, was established in late 1927. Before that time, the ranch belonged to various cow outfits dating back to the 19th century. Currently, what remains on the land is a chimney and garage from the 1930s and 40s and is a part of the Visitor Center.

Guided tours are provided by volunteers during hours of operation — During the summer months — June 20th – August 31, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tip: Call before you go to make sure that a docent is available on-site. Great for photographers to capture images. No pets.

Directions from Visitor Center: Head east on Forest Rd. Right on SR 89A. Follow SR 179 to Forest Service Rd. 618 for 14.7 mi. Follow Forest Service Rd 618 to N. Forest Ranger Rd. 2.8 mi. Open Fri. – Mon. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call: 928.592.0998