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Deciphering the Petroglyphs on Signal Hill

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Posted On 07/22/2020 08:55:29

Arizona | Tucson | Saguaro National Park | Signal Hill | Hohokam | Petroglyphs | Rock Art | Hiking | Tucson Mountain District

Deciphering the Petroglyphs on Signal Hill


Located in the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park, the hike up Signal Hill is quite easy as the change in elevation is just 50 feet! Once at the top of the hill, there's a great view of the surrounding area. Like us, most people hike up to see the petroglyphs carved on the surface of the rocks. This rock art was created by the prehistoric Hohokam society who etched into the dark surfaces of sandstone and other rocks.

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When you think of Saguaro National Park, what comes to mind?

Most people immediately think of the saguaro cactus which are indigenous to the southwestern United States. In fact, the saguaro has become a symbol that is often used to represent this part of the country. There's more to the national park than just the cactus!

Did you know that the park is also home to some petroglyphs? The Hohokam society is credited with the rock art that sits at the top of Signal Hill in the park's Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro West). There's a picnic area at Signal Hill plus a short hiking trail that leads to the summit of Summit Hill. It's a very easy hike as the hill is quite small, but the reward at the top is worth the hike!

When you think of Saguaro National Park, what comes to mind?

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