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. Put Petroglyph National Monument and other Albuquerque attractions into our Albuquerque online itinerary planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • It's just simply fascinating to see how the Native Americans expressed themselves & their lives through these drawings on the volcanic rock. Its also good exercise to walk the upper path of Piedras Ma...  more »
  • Hubby and I visited the Monument. It was a bit confusing getting there. Once we found where we were going, and made our way to the more developed trail. It was a bit of a hike for a couple of old folk...  more »
  • The visitor center is a great place to start, it will help you determine which trail to take. The Rinconada trail is a reasonable length, plenty of opportunity to see the petroglyphs. Gorgeous day ( a...  more »
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  • Amazing, inspiring, and thought-provoking! Highly recommended. No cost. Three separate areas, but you need a vehicle to access these from the main visitor center. Hiking with in each of these three locations is very reasonable and not overly strenuous, minimal incline or change in elevation. Great on a cloudy day from the standpoint of photography.
  • Had a really fun time walking the trails and finding so many petroglyphs. we enjoyed the visitors center as well. Outside there was a traditional adobe oven where we were able to sample bread which was cooked in it. I was like to return some day and explore more of the grounds.
  • Great parking lot, has nice bathrooms. Great place for a picnic. The trails have great scenic views. Lots of the trails have been closer for restoration but still worth a visit.
  • It's a nice little hike close to Albuquerque. In not sure it would be worth a drive from somewhere else. There are much more interesting monuments in New Mexico. It doesn't hold a candle to White Sands or the Ten Rocks.
  • Great for a day trip. There are a few different hiking trails to explore. Nothing that is too strenuous for younger children. If you go to the visitors center you can watch a quick film about the petroglyphs to gain a better understanding of what they are.and who made them. They also have a great little gift shop with cool item to purchase. If you have school aged children with you ask the rangers about participating in the junior ranger program. It will keep your kiddos engaged, and if they complete the activity book they receive an official junior ranger pin AND patch! My little guys are so proud of themselves for completing it!

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