In the north part of the Valley, the Deer Valley Rock Art Center is the location of the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site. More than 1,500 petroglyphs, or stone markings carved into a rock, are located on approximately 600 boulders. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Center is operated by the Arizona State University Department of Anthropology.
Outdoor recreation and active lifestyles go hand in hand here. Nearby Deer Valley boasts the adjacent Tonto National Forest, which harnesses almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus to forested pine mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. From 1,300 to 7,900 feet in altitude and a similar variety in vegetation, lake beaches or cool forests dot the land for residents. As the fifth largest forest in the United States, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most visited forests in the U.S. Bounded by Phoenix to the south and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations to the east, the forest contains man made lakes, fertile valleys, plains and rocky canyons.
Activities in the park include biking, hiking, camping, horseback riding and family picnicking. To the north along the Mogollon Rim, the pine covered inclines and streams attract the residents of Deer Valley when summer temperatures climb. The lakes within the nearby Coconino, Apache, and Sitgreaves national forests summon more on the weekends.
As one of the most acclaimed tourist areas in the state of Arizona, nearby downtown Scottsdale provides an assorted mix of southwestern and contemporary art galleries, specialty shopping, upscale dining, an active nightlife and museums for its residents. Small communities compliment the bustling scene of Phoenix, offering the populace unique experiences filled with hospitality, recreation, and dramatic places of interest.
The combination of community living within a short distance of clean and lively downtown makes Deer Valley a great place to call home.
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