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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is basically an urban park that has been encroached by Albuquerque. The visitor center was disappointing. It is fortunate that NPS saved the site before it was lost.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sheetseggs
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great hike to do with kids. It's not too steep and the educational value is definitely worth the visit. Can't wait to go back with my wife.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daniel P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped at the visitor center and also did the loop trip at Rinconada Canyon. We had a good time walking along, looking for petroglyphs and trying to guess their meaning. There is an excellent movie at the visitor center.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Don C
Reviewed 6 days ago

lots to see. This is great if you are interested in this type of history. Be sure to watch the video at the visitor centre. Very informative. Only have to pay $2 for parking.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank wuensch
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a nice easy hike and fun to find petroglyphs in the stones... however avoid going during hot months, because there is no shade and it is desert

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank silthalion
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is right off Unser Blvd, so east access, but must go to Visitors’ Center first to get map. At least two of trailheads in housing development area so a bit weird. Liked the Boca trail because petroglyphs very visible, but not safe for small...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jb M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lat week I decided to take a nice walk/hike in the Petroglyphs..The first day I was alone,and just walked on the Rinconada.Its an easy walk,but its nice and peaceful.I almost had the trail to myself.There are a few areas to hike.Next day, my husband came...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank delray222
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited 2 different locations within the park. The volcanos area and the Rinconada Canyon. They were both great. The volcanos area has a lot of hiking trails that can test your abilities. The Rinconada Canyon was a very easy loop and we saw a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lisa O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend this short hike. It’s a great way to experience history and see the city from a different perspective. Half day adventure.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank boseipod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three different areas to see the Petroglyphs ranging from easily accessible to moderately strenuous. The views of the city are very nice and the petroglyphs themselves are interesting to see.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steven K
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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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Response from damodojo | Reviewed this property |
i think so, i saw people walking dogs, so i assume you can