The Petroglyphs of Honey Bee Canyon Park

Entrance into this fascinating park full of ancient Hohokam petroglyphs!

First I want you to know the difference between a pictograph and a petroglyphs! A petroglyphs is scratching or chipping into rocks. Pictographs are actual paintings using color dyes the Hohokam Indians made! (Read my article on Hohokam, the best irrigation farmers)

When I found out that I could have easy access to some petroglyphs, and walk our dog, I was ecstatic!!! Oro Valley is not to far from where I live. I am gonna give you some history on Oro Valley first.Oro valley means Valley of gold in Spanish and has been inhabited by different native tribes. The First people who lived in the Honeybee were the Hohokam Indians,. Archaeologists state they lived in the area from 450-1250. It has about 19 large mounds surrounding a plaza, a ball court and an wall. There are as many as up to 800 domestic houses present at the site!

Petroglyphs in the honey bee park in Oro Valley.
There are lots of trails you can walk on, if you want to see these amazing pectroglyphs, go north on the honey bee trail.
You can’t get lost with signs!

Address is 13880 Rancho Vistoso

To get to the canyon , go to the end of concrete walkway, about a 2 mile roundtrip on flat ground and go through the short tunnel. To see the petroglyphs go right at the end of the walkway, a one mile hike and you will see the petroglyphs on the rocks.

As always use common sense when exploring, always tell someone where your going, bring a friend or dog, lots of water, flashlight etc! Happy trails and stay safe!

Thank you for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it and share to your friends about this site! Happy exploring!

Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth


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