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Art rocks at V-Bar-V petroglyph site
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What: V-Bar-V Heritage Site

Where: 2.8 miles east of I-17 on FR 618.

When: Friday-Monday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Contact: (928) 282-3854.

The V-Bar-V Heritage Site is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley.

The rock art on display here is considered to be in the Beaver Creek Style, "diagnostic of the Southern Sinagua between A.D. 1150 and 1400," according to the U.S. Forest Service. Some of the figures are easy to make out while the meaning of others is up to the imagination.

The petroglyph work is yet another insight into the native peoples that populated the Verde Valley in the pre-Columbian era. It boasts 1,032 petroglyphs in 13 panels.

The V-Bar-V site was acquired by Coconino National Forest in 1994 and is under the watchful eye of the Verde Valley Archaeological Society and Friends of the Forest. Both groups offer guided tours during operating hours, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Monday. The petroglyph site is fenced and is accessible only during these hours.

The site is located 2.8 miles east of the junction of Interstate 17 and State Route 179. This is Forest Road 618. The entrance is on the right less than half a mile past Beaver Creek Campground. You will need a Red Rock Pass, which can be purchased at the site.

There is a visitor center and toilets available. Leave the pets at home. Bring your own water or purchase it in the visitor center. You are also asked not to smoke.

The V-Bar-V Heritage Site is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each spring it hosts an Archaeology Day & Agave Roast.

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