No disappointments on this outing. Having seen the sign on route to the
Trail several times I often passed up this option. With little knowledge of the trail I finally gave this
baby a go, glad I did! You may be asking why have I
included such a short trail.
Here's my suggestion. Since most Sedona trails are short you can include
this one on the same outing. With over 1000 well preserved petroglyphs
this is a site to see!
Head on in
to the huge parking area. Follow the sign pointing you down to the pay
station. Go into the building and pay the $3 per person fee. The
host registers you into a log book. She gave me my money back in a typical
small-trail-type-pay envelope. Then instructed me to deposit this envelope
in a white barrel tube found near the petroglyph site. I didn't get her
name but she was very enthusiastic and smiley. I was the first visitor of
the day. I arrived exactly when they open which at this writing was
9:30am. She instructed me to tag along with this gentleman that was going
to open the gates.
this was my lucky day. John Sturgis was the gentleman and found out he's
an archeologist from the V-Bar-V
Actually he said he works there three to four days a week. I believe I
received more information on the walk to the site than most do. Basically
you follow the jeep tracks to the site. On the way back a trail takes off
to your right. This takes you through the field and back to your vehicle.
me about the old ranch house. Only a vine covered chimney remains of the
site. I'm sorry to say I didn't have my recorder on and my memory is
did mention a possible pit site that was marked off to the left. I asked
why anybody would believe such a site exist in field that has been worked over
by rancher time and time again. He explained how himself and a crew walked
the whole area in a line searching for anything. Well one guy was dowsing
the area and believes he found a pit house. Most probably balk at the
thought but as I have personally dowsed before there is a chance in my
mind. John explained how the V-Bar-V name comes from the ranch brand and
that it was actually registered.
unlocked the fence that protects the panels as I dropped my pay enveloped into
the white barrel tube. I may not get around to a lot of petroglyph sites
in the heavier concentrated states but this was huge to me. The panel left
of center is packed tightly with petroglyphs. To the far right something
is different but I've forgotten what John said about that. On the far left
and back is what is believed to be a flute-less kokapelli. John suggested
that the artist was distracted and unable to complete the etching. I added
that the two maidens up to left where larger. Therefore he may have been
more interested in making whoopee than music!
about the location of the site and why it would receive so much traffic.
He talked about Sacred Mountain
in the distance among other things of which I
won't go into detail about. I do recommend this easy half mile walk to
check out the largest petroglyph site in the Verde Valley!
- Aug 05 2000 joe bartels