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Things To Do in Tucson, Arizona: Petroglyphs in King Canyon

Petroglyphs in King Canyon, Saguaro National Park west, Tucson, AZ

Petroglyph location is one mile from the King Canyon TrailheadAncient petroglyphs ~ images carved into the canyon rock face ~ are among the most interesting things you'll see in the Desert Southwest.

Created by prehistoric Amerindians, they have survived eons of sun and weather, and are clearly visible today.

King Canyon is a major watershed on the western flank of the Tucson Mountains.  The high canyon walls protect the canyon floor from the hot desert sun for much of the day, allowing ferns (and other plants you might not expect to see in the desert) to flourish here. 

In my mind's eye, I can see Indians planting corn in protected areas of the canyon.

King Canyon is home to the petroglyphs you see here.  It's an easy one-mile hike from the parking lot to the petroglyph location, with a comfortable gain in elevation of about 280 feet, and the trail is well-maintained.  Bring some water and sun protection.

Snake petroglyph in King Canyon, Tucson AZ

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

If you're a visitor from out of town, plan to spend time just across the road at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. It's a gem of a place, one of the ten best zoos in the world.

And if you visit, give me a call.  I love to meet new friends.


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage Lender.

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Comment balloon 25 commentsMike Jones • February 24 2010 08:01AM


Of course, the question is, was the corn planted in a canyon??  Or was the canyon a canyon when the corn was planted???




Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


Tthe watershed covers more than a 100 square miles, and funnels not only moisture but also weathered soil from the mountains.  My geologist friend says the canyon was there from before recorded history.  Who knows?  1,000 years?  More?  Isn't it so interesting!?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

...and for sure, the snakes were there!  LOL

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Mike - that would be a great hike to see the petroglyphs. Thanks for a great post.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 11 years ago


You're welcome!  Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike thanks for the notice that this post was up. Great and interesting post and it adds to the outstanding collection of other posts and especially to the photo collection you bring us.

From early childhood through all of our lives we have and are exposed to various places and things of interest. One of the coolest things about our Photo Blogger group is the shared experiences of so many interesting and exciting places, events, items of interest and subjects of all possibilities and the great photos that capture it and then to have expressed the story behind it..

To me the value is in the understanding. Some groups post photos and one is left to often have to guess what it is. But the story ( history ) and the shared experience is what makes it so special. It is sort of travel log of experiences and not just of destinations.

This was great Mike and so wonderfully presented. It thrills me to be able to experience these things through your eyes and your willingness to expand the photo into a whole experience. Great job!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike - I love this post - thanks for sharing this - I commented a couple hours ago on this, but it's not showing up, so I'll try again " :)  I believe what I was saying was that I am glad these things remain for us to have a glimpse into another time, and another way of life. It's important for us to have some understanding of history, and the people that came before us.


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) almost 11 years ago


You share so much of the history and natural beauty of AZ.  It is always a real pleasure reading about your area.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike,  Amazing combination of historic glyphs and new technology so we can all enjoy them.  Terrific pictures !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike, This is so interesting to get a small glimse into the ancient ones lives - I would love to visit, I'll add it to the growing list of places to see.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 11 years ago

Mike, great photos of the petroglyphs in King Canyon! Thanks for alerting me.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) almost 11 years ago

Mike, I like to see petroglyphs in any form.  It is something that really interests me.  Thanks for sharing these great photos!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 11 years ago

Mike, thanks for the great history lesson and sharing the beauty. I hope to one day visit the King Canyon.


BTW, I loved Lenn's comments.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate almost 11 years ago


Fascinating post....I love learning about aboriginal tribes and historic sites.  Your photos are excellent, as always....


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

We have lost most the indications that the Indians were here in our area before we were. Thanks for the photo tour.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike!  What an interesting lesson in geology!  Your passion for history and photography, also two of my favorites, is contageous. 

As always, awaiting the next excursion from you!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 11 years ago

Such an awesome piece of history.  Beautiful, too.  Thanks for the heads up that you posted this...

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) almost 11 years ago

Once I finish documenting the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park in my blog, you and I should switch homes for six months so I can document the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in my blog. It's been too long since I've been there. I need to get out and do some serious hiking again, too!

Posted by Not a real person almost 11 years ago

Fascinating stuff Mike. I'm sure if we all looked hard enough at our own regions geology; we could find some amazing history. THanks for sharing.

Posted by Mark McHugh, Realtor Rhode Island 401-641-3842 (Clearmark Real Estate llc) almost 11 years ago


That's true, I guess.  I'm from the Jersey Shore, and there were mounds built up near Tuckerton, NJ created by the indigenous people using clamshells.  The world's an interesting place when we stop to look around.


I'd look forward to reading that!  See you on your blog.


You're welcome!  When are you going to start blogging again?


There's always going to be another story!  Stay tuned.

Terry & Bonnie,

You're welcome!


And I appreciate your encouraging words!


Let us know when you're coming; we'll roll out the welcome mat!


You're so welcome!


You're welcome!  Stop by any time.


You won't be disappointed!


Thanks, my friend!


And it's a pleasure to see you on my blog!


Thanks for calling back yesterday; it was a hectic day!


I had promised it for Sunday, and never got it done in time.  I hate to be late...

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

HA!  I'm always tuned in...just don't always comment!!  LOL  (A stalker, I am NOT, just have time to check in on folks oftentimes and don't stop to show the love!!)

Have a wonderful weekend...

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 11 years ago


Thanks for stopping to show the love!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago


I have asked if this post can please be featured...what a treat to read, and to place on my list of adventures to anticipate.

Posted by ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com ( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK ) almost 11 years ago


Thanks!  See you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

What a really amazing area to be living in! Thanks for sharing so much information!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

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