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Petroglyph National Monument

6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
+1 505-899-0205
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Up to 15,000 petroglyphs or prehistoric rock art images have been found on the West Mesa volcanic escarpment, located along a 17-mile canyon outside of Albuquerque.
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6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
+1 505-899-0205
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This monument is spread over several different areas, all within an easy drive of the visitors center. It's a good idea to go to the visitors center first to get oriented and understand the different trails and sites available. Some of the hikes are more...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you like mysteries and Native American folk lore this is the place to wander around and look at what they scratched into the desert patina on the rocks. lots of different symbols and pictographs (ancient emoji's) A lot of them were copies of other...More

Thank must_need_H2O
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed this area. Make sure to stop in the visitor center first to watch the 20 minute video on the geological and cultural history of the petroglyphs. The petroglyphs are about a five minute drive from there and there is a small fee to...More

Thank Milena C
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went to Petroglyph National Monument to hike the Piedras Marcadas Canyon Trail, but couldn't find the trailhead (we found out later we were very close!). Instead, we went to the visitor center where there are no petroglyphs and talked with the friendly ranger. He...More

Thank Rachel B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed looking at 100's of Indian etchings! Fun trying to guess their meaning! Worthwhile easy hike!

Thank Timmm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's plenty to see covering a wide area. You're not hiking much but it's a wonder treat for visitors.

Thank Man G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the monument while repairs were done on our RV, to pass the time, and were so glad we did. Only had time for one of sites, so we chose Boca Negra Canyon. Easy climb to the top of the hill, even in the...More

Thank Grady M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a weekday and there was no fee. The visitor center was pleasant. Lots of books. Staff helpful. You do need to pick up a map and talk to the staff about which trails are best for you. The trails when you get...More

1  Thank Stephanie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the visit to the Petroglyphs National Monument. The visitor center was very knowledgeable, and the area is very hiker friendly. American history on display!

Thank rdahl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very enjoyable walk on one of the trails. Hundreds of petroglyphs. Great game of "hide and seek." Make sure and bring water, hat, and sunscreen.

Thank Cindy B
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15 March 2017|
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Response from Terrygrim3 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry; I can't remember if I saw bike tracks. I didn't see any bikers. The trails are not really long, and if you want to shoot by these sometimes subtle petroglyphs without seeing them, that would be a good way. I would... More
Charlene C
28 February 2017|
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Response from US-Addict | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely! First stop at the visitor center; it is very informative and you can get an update on the trail and weather conditions before you head to the trails. I would suggest going to the Boca Negra Canyon. The trail... More
Barry B
6 February 2017|
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Response from US-Addict | Reviewed this property |
Hi Barry, We also went on the Piedras Marcadas Canyon trail and also did all the short side trails of this trail. Everything is pretty well marked and you get to see the petroglyphs up close. If I remember well, what we... More