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“Extreme Coolness!”

Rock Art Canyon Ranch
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Winslow
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Offers tours of some of the best preserved petroglyphs in the country.
Reviewed 2 April 2013

Lest anyone think I'm negative on everything (I wrote two other reviews today that were quite critical of a couple of other Winslow places) my family and I LOVED this place! We had relatives who had been there before and they, too, highly recommended it. It is well worth the effort to contact the owner, get directions, drive out to the middle of nowhere, and see this place. Even that initial phone conversation with the rancher who owns the place was a delight. He was great to talk to, both on the phone and in person.

You need a bit of an open mind at first, because this place is completely unique, created by people with a great story to tell. But we found them fascinating, their collection of artifacts to be first rate and most interesting, and they are truly nice people. It is their home since 1945 as well as a museum and archaeological wonder. We even loved his friendly little dog, who helps him show people around the place and loved to chase the reflection from my wristwatch around the ground. Also, when we visited there was a second gentleman working there named Clem, who is in his 90s, a real and true cowboy from the old days, a WWII vet, and a great man to meet and talk to.

I completely agree with those who said the canyon on the ranch was the best part of a place with many great parts. I am overweight, so I was concerned about how many steps down and how difficult that would be for me. It is just 50-70 feet down, a little bit of a challenge in spots, but if you are careful and hang onto the rails they have constructed, watching where you plant your feet, it's fine. There is also a narrow metal bridge across the stream in the canyon but just cross carefully and watch where you put your feet.

It's all worth it! It's like you've climbed down into that old Land of the Lost tv show, but without the cheesy T Rex puppets (we did see a lizard, though). The petroglyphs are absolutely amazing. But there's more to it than that. At one point, I noticed my 15 year old daughter sitting contentedly on a warm rock next to the rippling water without a care in the world, and I thought "she's probably not the first young girl who sat here; people have been coming to this spot for thousands of years to enjoy its peace". It even shelters you from the wind in the desert above!

This place, and the people who lovingly maintain it, are real gems and well worth your time and effort to get to know!

9  Thank JBIndianapolis
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

this was an amazing experience. Great history. The owner gave us a personal tour and shared all the history, stories and personal experiences he had on the land.

3  Thank Mich2ls
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

The ranch is a little hard to find but ask the ranch owner for directions when you call for reservations. He is a really cool dude. Be prepare to drive on dirt and gravel roads for at least 15 miles (you can't be the kind of person who has to have a perfectly clean car). The walk down into the canyon to view the rock art is not nearly as difficult as I expected. The ranch owner will give you tips on what to look for at the bottom of the canyon but will not go down with you.

5  Thank City_Girls_CA
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

You do have to make a reservation with the owner for a tour of his property. It is definitely out in the middle of nowhere, but it is well worth the trip. It is recommended you wear good walking/hiking shoes if you plan on climbing down into the Chevelon Canyon to see the petroglyphs.

6  Thank Jean M
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Rock Art Canyon Ranch is out of the way --- about 20 miles into the middle of nowhere. You MUST contact the owner and schedule a tour in advance. The directions to the ranch are quite simple.

Once you arrive at the ranch, you will find an amazing museum of local pioneer/settler pieces, as well as an outstanding collection of Native American artifacts, all from the local area. Many of the pioneer pieces are from the owner's family --- the personal history connections are fascinating to hear. The owner is a warm and fascinating man.

But despite the high quality of the museum, it is simply the icing on the cake. The real treasure is the canyon itself. The walls of the canyon are literally covered with many hundreds if not thousands of petroglyphs. We saw petroplyphs in many other (more accessible) places during our visit to AZ. The Rock Art Ranch site was by far the most extensive and best preserved.

Be prepared for both walking and climbing. To get to the petroglyphs, you climb into the canyon. There are stairs and a hand railing, but it is still quite an interesting climb. And when you are in the canyon, you will be walking on creek sand and climbing over rocks.

We spent 4 hrs at Rock Art, and could have spent much more time. We will be returning.

6  Thank Rick G
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