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Contributed by Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve
The Hedgpeth Hills face east, towards the rising sun. At one time, the hills were next to a flowing creek that supported communities of people, plants and animals. Archaic, Hohokam, and Patayan peoples passed through the area and left their mark by pecking over 1,500 symbols into the basalt boulders. We do not know the reason they left the petroglyphs, or what story the markings tell. However, we do know that each generation plays a role in changing the land by communicating their traditions. Today, the Deer Valley Rock Art Center protects the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site and offers an opportunity for interpretation and appreciation of cultural expressions.