The Rock Art Ranch is a hidden treasure near Winslow, Arizona. It is a must-see for those who are interested in ancient petroglyphs; it's not every day that you see so many in one place. In fact, this is one of the best-preserved and extensive collections of petroglyphs on the planet.
Not to mention, the canyon is beautiful. This ranch is also entertaining for travelers looking for something unique to experience.
The Rock Art Ranch, in Joseph City, Ariz., is a private ranch with a history museum collection and access to a canyon filled with petroglyphs. The cattle ranch covers 5,000 acres.
Arrange Entry and a Tour
Tours of the ranch are available year-round except Sundays. Hours are not specified and reservations are required. The ranch is 13 miles from Winslow, and you can get directions when you call. It can be tricky to find, but it's worth the trek. Consider it an adventure. The ranch welcomes visitors but also draws researchers and anthropology students who want to study the carvings.
What You Will See
The ranch was originally part of the Hashknife Gang Spread, and when you visit, you can see the last remaining bunkhouse.
The ranch has a museum featuring information and artifacts about pioneers, cowboys and the Anasazi, who are believed to be ancestors of the Pueblo Indians. You can see hundreds of artifacts that were found on the property, such as tools, pots and baskets.
What most visitors come to see is Rock Art Canyon (also called Chevelon Canyon), a beautiful, wooded canyon with a stream running through it. On the walls are impressive Anasazi petroglyphs. The owner has built stairs down into the canyon and, on the rim, there's an observation station where you can rest or have a picnic meal.
In addition to the etched walls that will keep you guessing about their meaning, you are likely to see buffalo roaming in this area. Look for the beaver dams, too.