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“Lots of History and lots of petroglyphs.”

Rock Art Canyon Ranch
Ranked #2 of 11 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.
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Lots of History and lots of petroglyphs.”
Reviewed 13 July 2013

We decided to visit this place after our trip to the Grand Canyon. Our party or three consisted my my daughter (15), Sister (55), myself (50).

This trip was made up of two parts.

You first meet up at a specific time (need reservations) at his ranch. He has hundreds of relics. Some regarding the native Indians, some of the old stage coaches and furniture that came from his family, and still other areas were set up like the old west with a blacksmith's shop and old farming equipment. It was like a museum out in the middle of a desert. We took about 2+ hours to see this part and listen to his stories.

The second part of the trip consisted of a drive out to the area that he has set up to view the petroglyphs. On the way there we stopped off at another area that had original mud huts and pottery that dated back hundreds of years ago. You could actually imagine what it must have been like like living there.

However, Let me back up. To begin with, it is out of the way. Once you turn off the main road you will drive another 20 - 30 minutes and never see another car or person. You might see his herd of buffalo if you are lucky. You knew you were heading towards an adventure before you got there.

Once you actually make it out to the site of the Petroglyphs, there is a large shade structure that blocks the wind on two sides and has picnic tables for your use. Great place if you actually brought a picnic. From there you walk down several flights of stairs (about 50') to get down to the canyon area to see the petroglyphs. There is a little river that wines through the middle of it. It is incredibly unique and we had a great time exploring.

The adults (who enjoy this type of adventure and history) had a great time. My teenage daughter was not as enthusiastic about the hours of history lessons. She put up with us older folk but this might not have been one of her top three adventures.

Visited June 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fun place to visit!”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

This was one of the most unique, fun places our family has ever visited! I was a little worried when we followed Brantley Baird's directions and bounced along the long gravel road to get there. However, once we arrived we were very impressed! Mr. Baird allowed us to eat our picnic lunch in his cool museum barn with tables and then showed us his extensive collections of Native American pottery and pioneer memorabilia. We were fascinated by the amount of things he showed us and for the information he shared. It was such a pleasure to talk with him. On the way to visit his canyon with the petroglyphs, he stopped and coaxed some of his buffalo to come over to the fence. We loved seeing the Native American structures and the petroglyphs. We swam in the water and took our time enjoying the afternoon. This will be one of favorite memories of our trip!

Visited June 2013
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Sedona, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A special place we were lucky enough to visit.”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

This is one of those special places that you should not pass up. We want to thank Brantley Baird for allowing us to enjoy his ranch. You must call in advance to make reservations and the fee depends on your group but don't worry Brantley will tell you everything you need to know and does not mind answering questions. You start your trip in his museum where you are told about the ranch and see amazing pottery found there. You will then follow Brantley in your car to several spots before you get to the canyon. You will see old structure and some petroglyphs. He is open to taking you to places and stopping along the way to discuss them. You will then reach the canyon. We brought our lunch and enjoyed it under the covered tables on the rim of the canyon. It was beautiful. Brantley told us how to enjoy the canyon and then left us. We were to lock the gate when we were done. We walked into the canyon went left and saw many petroglyphs on walls and then we went right and the canyon takes a turn and opens up with petroglyphs everywhere. It is easy to take pictures since you can walk close to the walls. The bottom is sandy but water runs through the canyon. We then came to the swimming hole. We went swimming. The water cooled us in the 100 degree heat. We sat in the middle of the water on rocks and just admired the beauty and talked about how lucky we were to be able to see this. The petroglyphs have been sheltered from the outside world because Brantley and his family knew how important this place is. You see petroglyphs that archeologists worldwide come to study. It doesn't get much better than this!

Visited June 2013
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Prescott, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Real western history”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

The ranch had been recommended by a guide in Bluff, Utah. We were not disappointed. If you enjoy western history, rock art and want to meet a couple " true cowboys" go to the ranch.
About 40 minutes from Winslow,a good dirt road most of the way. The road brings you to a 5,000 acre ranch on the prairie. Homsteaded by Mormon pioneers in the early 1900s it is now run by Clem (94) and Brindel (75). These guys are the real deal. Their stories are priceless, their type will not be along much longer. Ranch barn is a great museum with much memorabilia and a special room full of artifacts found on property. After a 90 minute tour and conversation which was priceless we followe them to the canyon..3-4 miles to a beautiful canyon with stairs to a running river. In the canyon was about quarter mile of rock art..they leave you to stay as long as you want, have a picnic etc...must bring your own food and drink...an old west experience not to be missed. $35/ person but they are almost reluctant to take it...Must call ahead.

Visited May 2013
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Prescott
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Petroglyphs and much more”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Rock Art Ranch is known for its unique petroglyphs and they definitely are, particularly one which looks like it could be Cinderella and another which is a birthing scene. And the petrified wood and many pioneer and cowboy memorabilia are fascinating. But the real draw is Brantley Baird, the owner of Rock Art Ranch. His delightful, charming tales about every aspect of this place are an afternoon's worth of entertainment alone. The pottery collection holds many pieces that are beautiful and some very different than I'd seen before. It's about 20 minutes from La Posada in Winslow and can be as long or short a visit as your time allows.

Visited May 2013
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