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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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  • I drove here alone and really wanted to check out the petroglyphs, but when I arrived I was the only one in the parking lot. I started to walk about 100 feet on the trail and thought it probably wasn'...  more »
  • We were given very little guidance from the tour guide, besides that it was 3/4 mile walk before we saw the first petroglyohs. Good thing she told us, because there was very little information, or eve...  more »
  • I'm being unfair, comparing this to Chaco Canyon. The trail was fine, but this is only a couple of hours of entertainment. 
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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.