Where to See Petroglyphs at Saguaro National Park

Petroglyphs are the ancient graffiti of the southwestern United States.

A great place to see petroglyphs without breaking a sweat is at Saguaro National Park where pictures of spirals, animals, and squiggly lines are etched or scraped into the rocks by the prehistoric Hohokam.

petroglyphs at Signal Trail in the Sonoran Desert
Petroglyphs on the rocks on Signal Hill Trail

It’s unknown whether petroglyphs were religious symbols, directional signals, or simply decorative.

Whatever the reason, the rock art at Saguaro National Park stands the test of time at an estimated 800 years old. These mysterious etchings are easily viewed at Saguaro National Park West on the Signal Hill Trail. 

Finding Petroglyphs on Signal Hill Trail in Saguaro National Park West

Less than 0.5 miles roundtrip, the Signal Hill Petroglyph site is a modest climb with dozens of petroglyphs lining the path.

It is a must-stop on any visit to Saguaro National Park. Combine it with a trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum down the street to make for a fun day in the Sonoran Desert:

Video: Sonoran Desert Museum & Saguaro National Park

With towering saguaros that are native only to the northern Sonoran Desert, the Saguaro National Park is a beautiful and unique place for an Arizona desert hike. Enjoy!

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Quick Facts on Finding Petroglyphs in Saguaro National Park

Location of Signal Hill Trail:

Get your National Park Passport stamp at the Red Hills Visitors Center (located at 2700 N Kinney Road in Tucson) before heading to the Signal Hill picnic area off of Golden Gate Road in Saguaro National Park West.

Length of Signal Hill Trail in Saguaro National Park:

Less than 0.5 miles roundtrip

Time it Takes to Walk Signal Hill Trail:

A quick 30 minutes!

Difficulty Level of Signal Hill Trail in the Saguaro National Park:


Your Fun Fact on Saguaro National Park:

The slow-growing saguaro (pronounced suh-wahr-oh) may reach 40 feet tall (plus!) but its root system reaches only four inches into the ground with the exception of a single long taproot. Click To Tweet
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