This past weekend Ms. Rosemary and I (Ms. Karen) went for a hike in search of the Picture Rocks petroglyphs not far off Picture Rocks Road in the Tucson Mountains. Jim and I had heard about them for 12 years, but we never could pinpoint exactly where they were. Perhaps this has a purpose. Everytime we would drive up Picture Rocks road we would look for a sign. There is no sign. Why? This is a good thing for two reasons. (1) They are located on private property. (2) There are marks of vandalism due to their easy accessibility and some people's disrespect for private property and ancient artifacts. These petroglyphs are over 1500 years old.
We were thrilled to locate these petroglyphs, and I am going to tell you where they are. It's just that I am going to take you the long way around to find them. It just seems more like a real discovery when you have to hike 4.5 miles to get there. Please be respectful.
Most Tucsonans have heard of, if not seen the petroglyphs that reside in the Saguaro National Park West on Signal Hill. It is a short hike from a nice picnic area (except for seasonal bees) to the site of a spectacular petroglyph, often highlighted in tourist brochures.
The second set of petroglyphs that we were able to find are across from the Desert Museum and up King Canyon wash close to a mile, below the Mah-Ma-Gah picnic area. Head west from where the trail crosses the wash about 40 yards.
Our third find, the Picture Rocks petroglyphs, are located off of a small makeshift parking area (Access Point) just west of the Redemptorist Renewal Center on the south side of the road. This is at the bottom of the hill off Picture Rocks Road in Picture Rocks Wash. Here is a printable map of the trails in Saguaro National Park West and the location of the petroglyphs.Read More