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Petroglyph National Monument

6001 Unser Blvd NW, Western Trail at Unser Blvd, 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, Western Trail at Unser Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stopped at Petroglyph National Monument after a long day of travel. It was worth the effort. Although it was hot, we were thrilled to see so many ancient art and writing sample on the rocks. Great photos if you are patient until the trail...More

Thank Lorleila B
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We hiked 3 mornings in a row and it was amazing. Relative easy trails but WINDY. The glyphs and scenery were memorable but if you have young kids they might not enjoy it unless they are rock hounds. Go early to avoid heat! Wear tennis...More

2  Thank callmeyourgrace
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went to the boca negra canyon sight. There were a lot of petroglyphs in a short amount of walking. The longest trail took about a half an hour and it was walking up a steep and dangerous lava bed of rocks. The other two...More

Thank Eugenna
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were looking for an interesting attraction close to downtown Albuquerque and only had a few hours. The Petrogliph National Monument is very interesting (and free). You first go to the visitor center where they have an interesting movie that educates you about the monument...More

Thank BetsyGite
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Petroglyph National Monument is on an area of lava rocks. This is from the beginning when the area was created by volcanic action. The original inhabitants used these rocks as a means to communicate and document their lives. They are amazing and truly date...More

Thank casnewmexico
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Who would have thought these are a chain of dormant volcanoes! As you stride along the desert land you'll find stone carvings made by early Spanish settlers known as "Pueblo". One can claim the rocks and stop to contemplate the images depicting animals and scenes...More

Thank KarinaPalmer
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all you have a geologic experience with volcanic history, the Rio Grande region, and petroglyphs of the inhabitants who once occupied this area. Though some explanations have been offered for the pictograms, many questions still remain and theories abound. Experience this for yourself...More

Thank borgcube85
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hot Summertime Heat ! should keep you away unless you go early am. The park is closed after sundown for obvious reasons... Great for children 5 and up. Be sure to teach "Leave Nature where you find Her" idea. The temptation is great to take...More

Thank shchristy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Right at the edge of town. Lots of petroglyphs on the rocks on the side of a hill. There is a loop trail through the area and a some side trails. Overlook the graffiti. There are a couple different trails. The one we went on...More

Thank nicolediane
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a few sites in the area to see the petroglyphs. We visit Boca Negra Canyon site and a few block away the main site. At Boca there are moderate short hikes on the side of the hills or a major hike up the...More

Thank ranles76
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Travel_Addict_Cyprus
20 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
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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
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Mark M
2 October 2017|
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Response from Waterloon | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Sorry about being late with my answer. There are three trails and the one we took was the Piedras Marcadas Canyon trail. This one is the one without services. It was pleasant and quiet. Tom.
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