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Southwest Rock Art

Southwest Rock Art Edventure -- Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Sonora

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Duration: 8-12 Days
Location: Utah, Arizona and Sonora. Starts in Moab, Utah ends in Tucson, AZ
Group Size: 5-14
Price starting at: $$ All- inclusive –Based on Intinerary
Program Type: Archaeology Exploration, Road Trip, Lodge Based, All-Inclusive.
Difficulty: Active and Occasionally Strenuous
Meals: Included

Rock Art of the Greater Southwest


Rock Art – Petroglyphs and Pictographs – Yes, the “Artifacts of former cognitive universes” of the amazing Southwest. The pine forests, mountain streams, and florid deserts of the SW US and N. Mexico are home to an amazing array of styles and images from the deep past.  We offer archaeology enthusiasts and rock art devotees a unique opportunity to visit and learn from the rupestria of this vast province.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of individual motifs and thousands of sites tucked into the front and backcountry. Too many of these sites have not been afforded any protection whatsoever, or enjoy only scant protection.

This program will feature only sites that have been gifted a level of protection.  We are not giving up any carefully guarded archeological treasures.  To be sure, we will journey well off the beaten track, we are offering you access to the little known but well protected gems of our archeological heritage.

We want you to wonder at and to better understand these ancient symbols and the information they contain.  By visiting the sites and the complexes they are associated with and learning the history and customs of the peoples who left them you will learn to love them as we do.  This is what is needed most.


SAMPLE ITINERARY – Moab to Peñasco
Day 1– Arrival PM to Moab and B&B. Introductions and Orientation. Welcome Dinner. Night Visit to Glyph Panels.

Day 2  --  Moab Region Petroglyphs.  Roadside attractions and off the beaten path discoveries.

Day 3  --   On the road to the Bluff, Utah area.  Backroads sites in Montezuma Canyon and Hovenweep NM.

Day 4  --   Exploring sites in the Bluff, Utah area.  The Comb Ridge and Butler Wash Sites.  Expect some great hiking today.

Day 5  --   On the road to Flagstaff, Arizona.  Visiting sites along this route of travel.

Day 6  --   Sites in the Flagstaff Area.  Wupatki, Elden, Parks, Beaver Creek.

Day 7  --   On the road to the Prescott, Arizona area.  Backroads sites in Arizona’s Central Highlands and private ranchlands.

Day 8  --   Sites in the AZ Central Highlands.  Perry Mesa and Smoke Tree Lane.

Day 9  --   On the road to Gila Bend.  Selected sites in the Sonoran Desert and Gila River Drainage.

Day 10  --   On the road to the Caborca, Mexico area.  Rock Art Preserves near Caborca.

Day 11–On to Puerto Peñasco and the Sea of Cortez.  A visit to the Center for Deserts and Oceans. Farewell dinner on the beach.

Day 12– AM border crossing to Tucson, AZ through Lukeville.  Noon Arrival.


The SW Rock Art Series: Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, Sonora, Baja and California.   This first trek is the first of 10 trips we will offer radiating out from Utah to explore the Rock Art of North America.

The “Greater Southwest”is an archaeological province that spans two countries, the US and Mexico. “Las Vegas to Las Vegas, and Durango to Durango”, as the saying goes.  Inside this elongated oval that stretches East-West from Las Vegas, NM to Las Vegas, NV and North-South from Durango, CO to Durango, Mexico can be found some of the world’s finest rock art and easily-accessed archaeo sites.

Education and Involvement

The visits and our instructors will help you to appreciate the measures that are being employed to better study and protect the mysterious messages of the ancient glyphic language of North America.  Wanderland wants to fete these conservators of our patrimony whether they be federal, state, community, tribal, NGO, or family by bringing their programs to a concerned public.

CURRICULUM -- Rock Art of the Greater Southwest; Archaeological Site Respect; Recognizing Archaeological Sites; Rock Art Recording and Classification;  Avoiding Interpretation; SW Regional Natural History; Conservancies and Land Trusts of the Region; Rock Art Photography Basics; Threats and Solutions Discussion.


  • 24/7 Hosting by Wanderland staff
  • 11 nights in hotels
  • All Meals (some special diets can be accommodated)
  • All Activities listed in the itinerary
  • All Transportation during trip Itinerary
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Educational Materials, Notes, Handouts

Not Included:

  • Airfare or Ground Transportation to Moab and from Tucson
  • Travel Insurance Policy
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities for Coordinators and Staff

Important Payment Dates:

Deposit of %40 is due to confirm space 4 months from departure date; remaining balance is due one month prior to departure date.


A Valid Passport is necessary to attend this program.

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