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Petroglyph National Monument

Open today: 08:30 - 16:30
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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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We took the Piedras Marccdas Trail which was not only a fun trail but also circled by a whale of a lot of petroglyphs. there was signage by each major area with explanation about what you were looking at. We circled the entire trail and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nancy F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our hikes in the park atRinconada Canyon trail and Boca Negra trail. Impressive petroglyphs and well maintained trails. It is worth the effort to make these hikes. They are fairly short and easy.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank laddhockey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an easily accessible hike suitable for young children. Easy to get to.Really nothing challenging. The petroglyphs are abundant, easy to view, and fascinating. There is an out and back trail, level and sandy or you can climb the back of the mesa and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank barrioonwheels
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Alberquerque for a very short weekend break, and this was one of the things I really wanted to see. There are a few hikes you can take, and you take yourself round the trails and see if you can spot the petroglyphs....More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank ACSO10
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a no fee monument but the city of Albuquerque charges $1 to park here. If you look at the petroglyphs only, you will not see suburbia all around you. We took a self-guided tour of the Boca Negra Canyon area which was ~1...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Ron T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting visitor center. The weather was unfavorable for a long hike. So we just took the walk around the immediate area. Never knew about petroglyphs. Learn much.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank barbmc93
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I privately toured Petroglyph National Monument with Corn Maiden Tours. It was a one and a half hour hike total. I’m in good shape so we left the beaten path some and climbed up the sides to get close up views. It was incredible. There...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank alpalmer8005
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We’ve been to several places with petroglyph’s and this was among the best. Easy to see petroglyphs, some visible on an easily accessible trail. There is a large number of petroglyphs and some interesting geology. If you hike, the trails are easy. If less active,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cynthia P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great option for either short or long hikes. Tons of petroglyphs in areas. But must understand a few things: 1) This can be a very dry, hot area (which was perfect for winter hiking when it was in the 20s in higher elevations, but in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank M0minga
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Piedras Marcadas Canyon Trail is in a different area of the Petroglyph National Monument (not where the visitor center is). We drove there, and parked right outside the trailhead. This was one of many national parks and monuments that we planned to visit during...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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
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
Patrick M
8 December 2017|
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i think so, i saw people walking dogs, so i assume you can