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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 3 days ago via mobile

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

Thank sunnylynn13
Reviewed 6 days 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

Thank flo220
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This park offers you a glimpse of the past on different trails. You can view various petroglyphs on different length trails each require some walking over bumpy Sandy terrain. Make sure you have comfortable sneakers or hiking boots. Each trail takes at least an hour...More

1  Thank Joe32926
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an easy hike just outside of town in Albuquerque. Pretty interesting display of petroglyphs. Worth a visit.

Thank Andrea T
Reviewed 1 week ago

My first stop was at the visitors' center, which had a great video that gave a general introduction to the Monument. Then it was out to the sites. What a thrill to see real petroglyphs. Ended up staying close to three hours, much longer than...More

Thank Beeper99_12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bring your camera with a filtered lense to capture the best pictures. There are several trails, some more grueling than others. Don’t forget some water and plan to spend a few hours. The trails are not friendly to strollers or wheel chairs as they are...More

2  Thank 636jeff
Reviewed 1 week ago

This park was very interesting and the petroglyphs were so cool. My car was broken into and my purse stolen from the trunk while we were walking in the park first thing in the morning. Police said this area is scoped by thieves, so please...More

1  Thank BizTraveler333
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to consult a map (or go to the visitor center) to find the trails you wish to hike. Boca Negro is quite taxing, the rest not so much. Interesting petroglyphs from early inhabitants of the area, carved into basalt from volcanic activity.

Thank Cal N
Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried a short, easy hike, but look forward to trying some more challenging ones. It’s fun to spot the less-obvious petroglyphs - some are not so easy to find. We saw some charming birds as we walked. It was a very pleasant experience.

Thank cacafonix
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a bit off the beaten path, but the discoveries are hard to imagine and worthy of a visit. You don't have to be an archeologist to appreciate this vast display of petroglyphs. They are everywhere over several acres of a hilly area. It's...More

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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