The Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and Campground is located approximately 90 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona. The site provides visitors the opportunity to view an ancient archaeological site containing hundreds of symbolic and artistic rock etchings, or "petroglyphs," produced centuries ago by prehistoric peoples. There are also inscriptions made by people who passed through during historic times. Several historic trails lie within the campground. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, The Butterfield Overland Stage Route and the Mormon Battalion Trail are three trails that played prominent roles in the history of Arizona and the American West. Visitors can learn about the site and historic trails through professional interpretive panels located on the site.
Overnight camping is allowed at the adjacent Painted Rock Petroglyph Campground. The campground has picnic tables, grills, steel fire rings, and a vault toilet. No potable water is available at the facility.
Located about 20 minutes off the 8, this site was mostly empty when I stayed. There are ample sites, firepits, pit toilets, and picnic tables. However, the bathrooms are spaced super far apart and are just simple pit toilets with hand sanitizer. Make sure to bring all your water and supplies, there aren't any stores very close and no water onsite. That being said, it was amazing to be so close to the petroglyphs for so cheap. Site was $8, or $6 if you have an Adventurepass and includes entrance to the site. Not much in the way of wildlife that I noticed around here.
This isn't the greatest campsite in the world, more of a glorified rest stop with a painted-rock exhibit. I got there late at night traveling from Texas to California and it was pretty easy to find. There are restrooms, dumpsters, and picnic tables.
Don't expect much from this place as it is funded by the honor system, but the solitude is nice and it makes for a decent stop to break up your road trip.