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Address: 6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
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Up to 15,000 petroglyphs or prehistoric rock art images have been found on...

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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Several locations - look at the rocks closly

The actual petroglyphs are not located near the visitor center. Either download a map online or stop and pick one up - then head out. Most of the walks are pretty short and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So this is a different thing to do. I suppose if you like climbing alot. There is old writing on the lava rock and its kinda neat. I definitely would not recommend this to anyone elderly or in bad health. And dont start to late in the day, you will need to make it back before dark. Its very rocky... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The actual petroglyphs are not located near the visitor center. Either download a map online or stop and pick one up - then head out. Most of the walks are pretty short and the better Petroglyphs are found near the start or ground - the artists didn't want to climb rocks either. Pretty cool when you see an awesome picture.... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked a trail or two, but left plenty to do the next time we are here. This is a good way to work off eating all of the great New Mexican food that Albuquerque offers. The petroglyphs are so interesting and the view of the Sandia Mountains is wonderful from here.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

petroglyphs were so interesting but not abundant. The sheep drawings were amazing. The pictures have to be looked for even with signage. We saw a pre-teen having great fun doing this for her parents. What was fabulous was the 2 mile rountrip walk in the high desert. The sky there is so blue and it seldom rains. I wouldn't want... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here to check out the Petroglyphs, which were spectacular. They were made on black volcanic basalt rock, and it was fun to see what the original artists/storytellers were trying to capture. I once was in the area one winter day, and it snowed, and the beautiful bright white snow on dark black rock was beautiful. But, alas, I... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The petroglyphs are very interesting but there is a lack of explanation associated with the drawings. Also, it's hard to tell if these are ancient drawings or if there are more modern forms of graffiti intertwined. The hiking trails are adjacent to a suburban sprawl so don't expect privacy.

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to see if these petroglyphs were different then the ones at China Lake, Ca. They are very different, more abstact and more advanced figures. When you come in from I-40, there is a long trail area. About a mile further North is the visitors center, and about 2 miles farther North are some short trails. Very interesting area

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houston, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had an extra hour to kill on the way to the airport so we stopped in here. You do get to see some petroglyphs and learn a bit about them and the geology of the area. Easy access and inexpensive. Those with more time can see better and more examples, but if this is all you have time for, its... More 

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Tampa, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best to go on a cool/cold day. Great place to explore the history of Petroglyph while getting plenty of exercise. There is an entrance fee of $2. There are bathrooms and covered picnic tables.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Check your maps and you will find an out-of-the-way portion of the Monument/Park that is nestled between a neighborhood and a shopping center. Parking is actually behind a car wash. Looks like you are pulling in for that rather than for a fun hike. My wife, 20 something son ,and I enjoyed the time spent on these trails, which are... More 

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