Extreme Heat Advisory: Due to the heat and for the purpose of visitor and volunteer safety the Forest Service Heritage Sites will have reduced hours today through Sunday (June 24-26):
V Bar V Heritage Site will close at 2:00 PM.
Palatki Heritage Site will remain open through the day with regular hours 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Dwelling tours will end at 12:00 noon. Rock art tours will remain on schedule through the day. Remember reservations are required at Palatki. For reservations call the site directly at 928-282-3854.
Honanki Heritage Site will close at 1:00 PM.
A Rock Art Legacy from the Southern Sinagua of the Beaver Creek Community
This is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley, as well as being one of the best-preserved. Acquired by the Coconino National Forest in 1994, the site is protected and kept open to the visiting public for their enjoyment and opportunity to learn more about our national cultural heritage. As partners in this effort, both the Verde Valley Archaeological Society and the Friends of the Forest provide interpretive tours and on-site management. The Red Rock Pass Program provides funding for the protection, enhanced amenities and facility maintenance under authority of the National Recreation Enhancement Act of 2005.
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.
The Beaver Creek Rock Art 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.
The documentation of the V Bar V Heritage Site has provided important information for defining important characteristics of the Beaver Creek Style.
Guided tours are provided by both the Verde Valley Archaeological Society and Friends of the Forest during these hours (petroglyph area is fenced and only accessible during regular visiting hours). Please read the Archaeological Site Etiquette Guide to help you better enjoy your visit without causing inadvertent damage to the site.