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Petroglyph National Monument

6001 Unser Blvd NW, 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, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
+1 505-899-0205

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This national monument is very neat. We only had about an hour to see some petroglyphs but we were able to make it work! The volunteer we spoke to at the visitor center was super helpful and guided us in the right direction. We were...More

Thank B R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a great place, you have to be kind of in shape, as some climbing is required. There are signs posted to"Watch out for rattlesnakes". There are serious, so be careful. There is excellent proof and documention of Old petrographs that is excellent. Do...More

Thank Lloyd M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stop at the visitor center first - the rangers there will tell you exactly where to go to maximize your viewing. He said - do you want to spend 5 minutes, half an hour or a few hours? I couldn't believe you could see anything...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I wouldn't say that I'm in the best shape; in fact, I have a hip replacement and walk with a slight limp. I think if I can do the hike, most people can. I had to take a couple of rest breaks, but that's okay....More

Thank patty49er
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This monument has three separate locations on the west side of the Rio Grande. The visitor's center is at an entirely different location than the three actual petroglyph areas. I would suggest going to the visitor's center and getting the lowdown from the ranger there....More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Overlooking the sprawling city of Albuquerque one can find several monuments to petroglyphs. A visitor center offers information about several sites surrounding the region. Most sites involve some sort of moderate climbing. My friend with a disability was unable to participate.There is ample parking closeby.

Thank moonmama55
Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply amazing, and convenient to ABQ. The sprawling suburban encroachment is striking, glad that much is preserved.

Thank David M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We only visited 2 of the 3 sites not having to pay for parking with such a short trail. At the first one we visited, we had a hard time finding the petroglyphs but once we got closer to the rocks, we were able to...More

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure to stop at the welcome center upon entering the Monument. The rangers are very friendly and helpful. There are several choices of trails all of which you will be able to see Petroglyphs. Based on your activity/ability there is a trail for you....More

Thank trekkerplanner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really fun and interesting experience! This is a trail in the desert sand and let's you get up close and personal with nature and the glyphs. We even had a jack rabbit come by and visit us! Take at your own pace, bring water, and...More

Thank Russell W
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Is biking allowed?
15 March 2017|
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Response from Terrygrim3 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry; I can't remember if I saw bike tracks. I didn't see any bikers. The trails are not really long, and if you want to shoot by these sometimes subtle petroglyphs without seeing them, that would be a good way. I would... More
Charlene C
Are any of the trails easy for older people? How long is the shortest distance to see the petroglyphs? Thank you, going in June.
28 February 2017|
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Response from US-Addict | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely! First stop at the visitor center; it is very informative and you can get an update on the trail and weather conditions before you head to the trails. I would suggest going to the Boca Negra Canyon. The trail... More
Barry B
I'm wondering what trail you went on??? I'm a photographer looking for the best petroglyphs. Thanks, Barry
6 February 2017|
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Response from US-Addict | Reviewed this property |
Hi Barry, We also went on the Piedras Marcadas Canyon trail and also did all the short side trails of this trail. Everything is pretty well marked and you get to see the petroglyphs up close. If I remember well, what we... More