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Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque
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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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  • The petroglyphs were pretty amazing. Unfortunately, you can see all the places where people have chipped out the petroglyphs and stolen them, and other places where they've been vandalized, mostly by ...  more »
  • Very easy walking trails although it is a little Sandy. Lots of petroglyphs everywhere and the signs and map that they give you help for locating them. Kind of a treasure hunt for the kids. 
  • Lots of petroglyphs to look at and a nice walk/hike along a mostly level trail. Be sure to get a broacher of the symbols so you know what the symbols mean and it gives you a date range of the when the...  more »
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  • Very neat place! Nice easy hike up to the top where a great expansive view of the mountains and calderas await. Petroglyphs are scattered about the trails.
  • This was an amazing hike -full of so much history just feet away from the trail! Not everyone is respectful of the preservation of this incredible treasure, but it's still very well taken care of. Be sure to bring a zoom camera here!
  • The trails were nice and scenic and one can see the city fairly well. The staff at the visitors center were very friendly and helpful. The petroglyphs themselves were not terribly impressive but still were interesting in a historical sense.
  • Great hiking right next to the suburbs. Peaceful and serene with lots of great landscape features. Plenty of petroglyphs which become more and more obvious the more you look. At times, the trail can become rather difficult to follow, but seems to be well documented on Google maps. Since we're so close to the city, I still had good coverage throughout the park and was able to check our route. Obviously, take some water with you. There is no shade on the trails and you dry out faster than you think.
  • My 2nd trip here in a year. Good collection of petroglyphs and history. Be prepared to do good amount of hiking. 1st time visitors I recommend watching their video at visitor center, good information on the history of the place. Please be respectful don't litter vandalize.