V Bar V Heritage Site: Petroglyph Site in the Verde Valley

V Bar V Heritage Site
A Rock Art Legacy from the Southern Sinagua of the Beaver Creek Community

vbarv01 V Bar V Heritage Site: Petroglyph Site in the Verde ValleyThe next time you visit Sedona, Arizona plan a visit to the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley, the V Bar V Heritage Site.The V-Bar-V Heritage Site, acquired in 1994 by the Coconino National Forest, is one of the most well preserved and largest petroglyph sites in the Verde Valley. The petroglyphs that you see at this site are identified as the Beaver Creek Style. This rock art is truly amazing and the information gathered at this site has helped to define important characteristics of the Beaver Creek Style.

 Rock art is one type of archaeological data that can be used to identify prehistoric cultures and time periods. Various styles of rock art have been identified, based on the kinds of elements, unique elements, relationships between elements, and manufacturing techniques. By making these observations, various rock art styles have been defined for the prehistoric Southwest. One of these styles – the Beaver Creek Style – has been identified through the studies of rock art sites in the Beaver Creek area, especially here at V-Bar-V Heritage Site. This research has resulted in the definition of the Beaver Creek Style, which is diagnostic of the Southern Sinagua between A.D. 1150 and 1400. – Red Rock Country V Bar V Heritage Site

The V-Bar-V Heritage Site is about 18 miles south of Sedona, off of State Route 179 on National Forest Road 618 in Rimrock, Arizona. The petroglyph area is only accessible during scheduled visiting hours. For more information visit the V-Bar-V Heritage Site.

General Information

  • Hours are currently 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (entrance gate closes at 3:00 pm), Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).
  • Fees: A Red Rock Pass (or equivalent) is required on all vehicles parked at Cultural Sites. This pass can be purchased at these sites during normal hours of operation.
  • A visitor center and bookstore, operated by the Forest Service and the Arizona Natural History Association, is located about 100 yards from the parking area.
  • Note: Pets are not allowed at our Cultural Sites.

While you are staying with us, make sure to stop by and visit with our Concierge. Let us know your interests so we can help you in plan your ideal Sedona Vacation. If you’re looking for a Sedona hotel special that combines lodging at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona with a activity or attraction, make sure to visit our Sedona Vacation Packages page.

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