Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque
Categories: Geologic Formations, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
Stretching 27 km (17 mi) along the West Mesa, Petroglyph National Monument is one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. It is home to thousands upon thousands of petroglyphs carved in volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. The carvings are all outside and can be accessed via walking trails. Begin your trip at the visitor center, where staff will advise you on what walks are best-suited for you, as they vary in length and difficulty. Each route reveals an array of petroglyphs and the park's impressive natural features. The trails are not paved, so wear appropirate shoes. Take a look at our Albuquerque tour planner to schedule your visit to Petroglyph National Monument and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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We used the map app and ended up on the other side of the monument area near the hiking trails to the Volcanos. We were not the only ones there that did this. You want to go to the VISITOR CENTER firs... read more »
If you're looking for a place to know more about the history of native Americans and New Mexico seeing this monument is a must see. Neon able touch it adds a new dynamic to this piece
During our visit to Albuquerque, we stopped by the visitors center at Petroglyphs National Monument. We didn't see the petroglyphs but opted to take a walk around the volcanoes. The views were beautif... read more »
Definitely worth a visit if you are passing through Albuquerque. Note that the petroglyph's are not near the visitors center. Instead after gathering the information from the visitors center it is a short drive to the petroglyphs. Don't forget the Junior Ranger program for the little ones. Nice short walks around the the petroglyphs at the site we visited. Kids had fun and even managed to spot a Roadrunner. The video at the visitors center is worthwhile watching as well. Allow 2 to 3 hours.
Friendliest ranger award should go to the fellow who works here. If you have a limited amount of time, limited mobility, or special interests, he can give you some great recommendations. There's a nice book selection here, too.
Many of the parking sites are free, the rest are very cheap, and you get to see petroglyphs! Lots of signage exploring the history and significance of what you're looking at. BRING SUNSCREEN, HATS, WATER, it is UNFORGIVINGLY HOT out here and there is NO SHADE.
Park Ranger was very helpful and knowledgeable. Great place to get information about the Petroglyphs. They also sell the National Parks and Federal Recreational annual pass.
A really neat place to visit and get a little exercise walking around the trail. I recommend visiting here either spring or fall, as it gets really hot out here in the summer. If you visit here in the summer, come early. Be aware that it closes at 5pm.
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