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Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque

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Geologic Formation Historic Site
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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  • Really fun and interesting experience! This is a trail in the desert sand and let's you get up close and personal with nature and the glyphs. We even had a jack rabbit come by and visit us! Take at yo...  more »
  • ...you have to have a lot of imagination and get into who did the carving and what they mean. It is history carved into rocks. I say, sure, and it is educational for kids.  more »
  • Apple Maps misled us on our visit to this remarkable and very large Park, so instead of heading to the Visitor Center, we ended up on the Volcano Loop. What serendipity! We hiked up to overlook the Ri...  more »
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  • Go to the Volcanoes Day Use area (far west side of the park off Atrisco Vista Blvd.) if you want to avoid people and/or take your dog with you, as dogs are not permitted on most of the trails around the visitors center. There are incredible views of the city of Albuquerque and the opportunity for some serious quiet time. Walk up/around extinct volcanoes. Plenty of parking. Not sure of the specific hours; they do close the gate close to the road at night, but many people just park at the gate and walk in after dark - I've never had any problems. Stunning place at night. A hidden gem within 20 minutes drive of the city.
  • The rangers were friendly and helpful. We learned so much about the petroglyphs and the surrounding area. Excellent Junior and Senior Ranger program.
  • This place is so beautiful. The volcanoes are manageable size to climb and it's worth it because the views when you get to the top are amazing. A must see if visiting.
  • Signs posted along trails are more informative than usually found elsewhere. The visitor's center is 2 miles south of the petroglyphs and most trails. The extinct volcanoes can be seen from the spots on the higher trail and there are additional trails there. Those trails are are a short drive away
  • It is easy to get to. It is an easy walk and you can get right up to the petroglyph

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