Arizona’s most hidden treasure, the Rock Art Ranch, near Winslow, is a privately-owned 5,000 acre cattle ranch that was once part of the Hashknife Gang Spread. Much more than a home to cattle and bison, archaeological records show that people have been passing through this area for over 13,000 years—hunting and gathering groups, semi nomadic and later sedentary farmers, and it is considered a sacred site by Native Americans. Chevelon Canyon, a narrow, deep and watered gorge, cuts through the ranch, and thousands of petroglyphs dated from 5000 BC to 1400 AD, etch the steep canyon walls. Visitors to the ranch can climb down into the canyon on a natural staircase that has been supplemented with a few manmade steps, but the canyon can also be experienced comfortably from an observation deck. The ranch also features an excavated Navajo sweat lodge and hogan, and a humble yet remarkable museum of ancient Native American, as well as cowboy artifacts that have been discovered on the property. Before visiting the ranch, we’ll enjoy lunch on self at the award-winning Turquoise Room at La Posada Hotel—the last of the great railroad hotels. Considered to be the finest restaurant in the Four Corners Region, the Turquoise Room offers a fabulous and affordable lunch menu, reflecting the unique flavors of the Southwest. We’ll arrive early to the Turquoise Room, where tables have been spaced to offer social distancing and stringent protocols have been put into place, including regular sanitizing of high touch areas, tables and menus and all staff members wear masks and gloves. This is a remarkable tour and we hope that you will join us.
Depart: Mesa 7 a.m. Phx 7:30 a.m. NW 8 a.m. R: 6 p.m.