Painted Rock Petroglyph Park & Campground

Directions: exit I-8 at Painted Rock Dam Road (Exit 102) approximately 12.5 miles west of Gila Bend. Travel north on the paved road (10.7 miles) to Rocky Point Road. Painted Rock Petroglyph Site is 0.6 miles west of Painted Rock Dam Road on Rocky Point Road. Fees are $8/overnights and $2/day use. Please help to preserve this important archaeological site by not climbing or marking on the rocks. Many rocks have been broken or tumbled due to people climbing on them and several have been defaced.   


For more information visit the Bureau of Land Management site at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/recreation/camping/dev_camps/painted_rock.html

Many well-known events in Arizona history occurred near the Petroglyph Site, including the expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza that founded San Francisco, the Mormon Battalion and the Butterfield Overland Mail. Formerly a unit of the Arizona State Park system, jurisdiction of the site reverted to the Bureau of Land Management in 1989.

This fascinating site is west of Gila Bend

and provides visitors the opportunity to view an ancient archaeological site containing hundreds of symbolic and artistic rock etchings, or "petroglyphs," produced centuries ago by prehistoric peoples. Visitors will also see inscriptions made by people who passed through during historic times.