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Petroglyph National Monument

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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, Western Trail at Unser Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
+1 505-899-0205
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Easy 1 mile walk to see some amazing petroglyphs and the views of the surrounding mountains are beautiful . It’s free and close proximity to the city. Only ‘beware’ are some idiots have defaced some rocks close to the path so make sure you look...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 421shanet
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m not sure what other reviewers were complaining about. It’s a beautiful park, easy to self-navigate and provides great views & brushes with history. We are in our late 40s, in decent shape and we had no problem climbing the hills or walking the trails...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 586wendyz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy drive close to Albuquerque, if you have never seen petroglyph's before this is a great way to see them without having to drive a long ways. There is a short somewhat steep hike with petroglyph's along the way that take you up to a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jana C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Petroglyph National Monument area offers great hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty, so virtually anyone can enjoy them. Despite how many people visit the area, the petroglyphs themselves are very well maintained and preserved. The Visitors Center is a great place to start...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank crisp24
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time on the Pedras Marcadas Canyon hike to see the petroglyphs. Climbed up some rocks to take pictures. The balloon festival was going on at the same time so we got to watch them launch many hot air balloons at the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of 3 National Monuments (others were Bandelier and Tent Rocks) we visited during recent New Mexico trip and by far our least favorite. We visited on Veterans Day so parking was free. Began at Visitor's Center and the ranger seemed like he didn't want...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MaryBluEyes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always go here when my family visits from Canada. Good hiking and views. It is on the desert and you need to wear boots in case of snakes. A New Mexico experience for sure.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Terry S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have the opportunity, It is well worth the drive to see these petroglyphs. If it is summer time, my recommendation would be to schedule your visit in the morning or towards sunset.. I was surprised at how many well preserved glyphs there were.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the Rinconada Canyon Trail for a late afternoon hike. Beautiful views and easy trail. Bring your own water.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sunnylynn13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great chance to take various hiking trails and see many petroglyphs only a few minutes outside of Albuquerque. The Mesa Point trail, while not to long, is fairly strenuous as it is steep. Nonetheless, in addition to seeing the Petroglyphs you get a great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Elaine W
26 June 2018|
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Response from HCovik | Reviewed this property |
A breeze. You can walk the main trail in about one hour (1 1/4 mile). Just some climbing on ladders if you want to look inside cliff dwellings. The "Alcove house" (Ceremonial cave) is an additional 1 mile, 1 hour round-trip... More
21 March 2018|
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Response from Marianne1017 | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t get to Tent Rocks. Bandelier was a good 90 minute drive to Albuquerque. We were there for several hours and just did the visitor center and the Main Loop Trail. This trail is very interesting and the time spent... More
Patrick M
8 December 2017|
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i think so, i saw people walking dogs, so i assume you can