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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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  • This is a mid level hike. Many interesting things to see.. The history is interesting..right off Unser A true family outing.  more »
  • Good place to go on a hike with kids and plenty of petroglyph's to see, good work out and seeing the mountains from that location will give you plenty of nice photographs to take.  more »
  • I had some time to kill between meetings on a recent work trip to Albuquerque, so I figured I'd go for a little hike. First, know that none of the trails are where the visitor's center is located. You...  more »
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  • Even though we don't have time machines, we still have the opportunity to take a glimpse back thousands of years. According to the its website, no one really knows exactly what all the glyphs mean. It's incredible to think I'm still enjoying this ancient, art gallery so many thousands of years later. At about 2 or 2.5 miles it's pretty easy, bring water and sunscreen though!
  • Bring Supplies with you. It's fairly remote in relevance to where it's located. You will want to have water and protection from the sun. Interesting petroglyphs. More scattered than I originally thought but nonetheless worth the trip.
  • Nice trail. We took our kiddos on it and it was fine. Had to carry the 3year old a little. But the 5year old was fine. 1$ parking. Lots of space.
  • I have been coming to the dentist here for a very long time. Every time I come in they are always so nice. They always take care of me and even my emergency visits are easy. I will miss this place!!
  • Just, out of town, many trail options based on time to walk them from 15 minutes to 3-4 hours. Petroglyphs Everywhere. Loved going with my daughter!