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Deer Valley Rock Art Center opens up as venue

January 08, 2009

Imagine reciting your wedding vows at sunset in the midst of looming hills and ancient petroglyphs, with desert wildlife joining the crowd of well-wishers.

This scenario now can be a reality, thanks to Arizona State University’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center, which has begun offering the use of the center and its facilities for weddings and other private events.

Available facilities include the museum, education room, outdoor amphitheater and trail. Possible private events include weddings, birthday parties, retirement receptions, corporate team-building workshops, professional meetings, seminars, conferences and other small meetings or events.

The Art Center features more than 1,500 Hohokam, Patayan and Archaic petroglyphs; a 47-acre nature preserve where wildlife live in their natural habitat; and a stunning museum designed by Will Bruder.

The rental fee is $100 per hour, which includes the venue, use of tables and chairs, and keeping the museum open if the event is in the evening.

In addition, arrangements can be made to have one of the center’s public educators give a special tour of the site.

The educators offer a wealth of knowledge in regards to desert wildlife, native plants, archaeology and native cultures. The additional cost per person for a one-hour guided tour is: adults $6.50; seniors $3.50; and children $2.50.

For children’s birthday parties, the guided tour rate includes a make-your-own-petroglyph activity and corn grinding. Memory Packs (goodie bags) are available for an added $1 per child.

Renters must provide all catering, cups/plates/eating utensils, and decorations. A list of recommended caterers is available upon request. Alcohol is permitted with a liquor license as required by the state of Arizona. Dates must be reserved at least two weeks in advance.

For more information, contact Kim Arth at (623) 582-8007 or

Deer Valley Rock Art Center, administered by the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change, is located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix.