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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  • Highlight of our week. We still absolutely take more family and friends here. The staff were awesome and helped us find just the right path. The petroglyphs seem way too simple/hard to find at first. But by the time you are a mile in you relive just how incredible these are.
  • If it is not too hot, there are some wonderful trails. Not only is there an abundance of interesting petroglyphs, but great views of Albuquerque. Well worth a visit in the Albuquerque area. Not a lot of shade in the summer, but if the weather is nice, it is outstanding.
  • Our first visit was just a short time after they opened the place. The welcome center was a trailer and the locations were not well marked nor much more that dirt trails. We returned a few years later and the location is much improved. The welcome center is more in line with other NPS locations and the trails are better documented. We look forward to visited again. The kids love it.
  • Great little park. High altitude might get you if you're not use to it. Being an avid hiker/walker this is more of a 20 minute stroll with a climb up a hill. Good traction shoes advised. There are more trails but we didn't have the time for it.
  • Great rock climbing adventure. Well marked trails, more advanced areas if you want them, or keep it easy. More info markers would be good.
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