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 nearby V Bar V Ranch provides a look into the more recent history of the area. The ranch dates back to the late 19th century and was a hub of activity during the heyday of ranching in the region. Today, visitors can explore the historic ranch house, barn and other structures that have been carefully preserved to showcase life on the ranch.
Guided tours are provided by both the Verde Valley Archaeological Society and Friends of the Forest during hours of operation. The petroglyph area is fenced and only accessible during regular visiting hours.
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