PETROGLYPH ADVENTURE . . . Box Canyon @ South Mountains

An easy walk around box canyon at South Mountain Park for discovery of ancient native petroglyphs and social banter … but allowing for rock scrambling to find the reclusive petroglyphs. So take a stroll and/or climb some rocks.

South Mountain has literally thousands of Native American petroglyphs adorning boulders and cliff faces in nearly every corner of the park.

Most were made by the Hohokam who farmed around the Gila River and Salt Valley from around 1 A.D. to A.D. 1450. (About 20 thousand occupied the area between 1150-1450.) But some earlier examples by Archaic hunter-gatherers can be 2000 or so years old.

The rock designs were made by pecking into the rock surface, removing the dark patina-stained layer to reveal the stone's actual color

The most comprehensive presentation I know of is "Landscape of the Spirits"...Bostwick & Krocek. I'll bring it along.

Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last about 2- 2 ½ hours.

To see photos from our last trips go here:


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For the asking, I have handouts discussing petroglyphs, geology of the area, and plant and animals we’ll likely encounter. Also I carry reference books for after the hike.


Distance: a mile or two TBD

Time: 2- 2 ½ hours

Difficulty: easy according to your preference

Trail: sandy packed dirt and/or rock climbing

Elevation change: negligible

Parking: big lot with restrooms


Entry fees: no

Dogs: OK


Always carry and drink plenty of water!

Sunscreen is advised.

Supportive footwear is also advisable.

SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions

How to find us: Meet at the parking lot (See directions below)… If lost or late, my cell is[masked]-5945.

To get there: To get there, take CENTRAL AVE. SOUTH all the way south past Scorpion Gulch, enter the South Mountain Park and take the first left onto Phoenix South Mountain Park Rd. and follow it to the parking lot at the end of the road.

IMPORTANT: Dont' go too far TAKE THE FIRST LEFT... it is only a few hundred feet past Scorpion Gulch which is just past the horse stables.  After you turn left you will pass the "environemntal education center" (on your right) as you continue to the end of the road...  about another 1000 ft.


Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must ontact others for arrangements. You could email members or post on this announcement page comments.

Following the hike:

We’ll reconvene at the renowned Los Dos Molinos for rehydration etc.


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  • Andy C.

    Looks like their web site has changed. The new one is

    Here's a direct link to the new menu

    February 22, 2013

    • Al T.

      thanks Andy

      February 23, 2013

  • Merle L.

    I had to change my meds so I guess I better not hike

    February 22, 2013

  • Will C.

    Can I get a ride there from anybody? I live a block from rt. 60 in Tempe, right off Priest. Let me know at [masked]. Thanks

    February 21, 2013

    • Will C.

      to Sarah: Schedule has changed AGAIN and I'm free tomorrow. Are you still willing?

      February 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure, email me directly at [masked] to give me your address and what time you want me to be there. I have an idea of how to get to the trailhead but I'll let you handle details on that.

      February 22, 2013

  • Nina D

    Busy this weekend.

    February 22, 2013

  • Wendy Angela H.

    have to work...again

    February 21, 2013

  • Ben

    Gotta work. Bummer for me!

    February 21, 2013

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