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Hidden Cove Petroglyph Park

Petroglyphs, bird watching, and a 100-year-old Ranch in one location.  

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The city officially protects this location of ancient petroglyphs, which were engraved and/or pecked by the ancestors of the now a-day Hopi and Zuni tribes.

In 2013 the site was recorded by archaeologists and volunteers. With the information forwarded into the Arizona Archives. 

In October 2015, the city council awarded a contract to Flagstaff-based American Conservation Experience to design and construct sustainable trails, retaining walls, water bars, and switchback details across the site. Work was completed in November of 2015 and has made the numerous features of the park easier to access.

The new trails and improvements allow visitors to safely explore the beautiful, but extremely fragile petroglyphs that are thousands of years old. The area also features a lake and is protected from hunting. Well over 200 bird species visit the area, making it a premier bird-watching location.

Visitors can also ask to tour the Zuck Historic Ranch that archeologists believe is over 100 years old. 

Know Before You Go

You cannot get to this area on your own. It is owned by the city and there are city gates blocking access. You can contact the city to schedule a tour. The tour is two hours and costs $25.00 per adult. Children under 12 are free. Local schools and local tribes are also free. Be sure to schedule ahead since the prime seasons and weather can be factors.

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