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“Lots of Old Graffiti on Volcanic Rock”

Petroglyph National Monument
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 November 2013

We visited the Petroglyphs by first visiting the Information Center. There we got resource material on what the glyphs meant. I had one source, my husband and son had another. The sources did not agree on what the meanings were on any two glyphs. It would have been nice if there had been some agreement.

Getting around for my husband was very difficult. He is a vet and has had to have his hips replaced, it would have been nice if there were other ways to view the glyphs.

If you have small children you may want to have them bring a sketch book to copy down what they see or perhaps make some of their own. We found the volcanic rock much more interesting.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

If you are in the Albuquerque area you must take time to visit the Petroglyphs. The visitor centre is the first stop before going to see the different areas. The Petroglyphs were done by the Pueblo back in the mid 1500s to express their culture.
One of the sites Rinconada Canyon is closed due to damage during a flood. But the other areas are open. We visited the Boca Negra Canyon and we not disappointed, there are three different trails there. The Mesa Point trail is the most challenging but the view from the top is amazing. The Macaw and the Cliff Base trails are not as hard. There were many Petroglyphs on all three trails, but take your time looking at the rocks so you don't miss these beautiful markings from so long ago.

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

While visiting Albuquerque, my husband and I decided to spend a day outside hiking and viewing petroglyphs. There are three main petroglyph viewing areas. One of them was closed due to recent weather. We decided to visit Boca Negra Canyon. We had a nice hike to the top of a hill that had petroglyphs on various rocks along the route. There's a great view of Albuquerque and the eastern mountains from the top of the hill. There were also a couple of side trails nearby by the restroom building with some good petroglyph viewing. We spent about three hours wandering around. We also saw a couple of roadrunners, a bunny, and some lizards.

Parking for the Boca Negra site costs $1 per vehicle during the week and $2 on the weekend.

1  Thank DebiDalio
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We arrived at Petroglyph National Monument later in the afternoon, so we were directed to the Boca Negra Canyon area. There are three short trails at Boca Negra that you can visit within an hour and a half. (So you can still visit Petroglyph NM, even if you have a time crunch.) There are more petroglyphs at Rinconada Canyon, I think, but the trail is longer.

Having visited V-Bar-V Ranch near Sedona where the petroglyphs are bunched up on one big monolith, I was at first a little disappointed by the way you have to search for the scattered petroglyphs among the volcanic rock at this site. Then I realized we could make the search fun. We figured families would really enjoy a "Where's Waldo" style adventure here. Even more fascinating, one of their brochures referrs to the Indian belief that the petroglyphs reveal THEMSELVES to YOU---and for a reason. In other words, we see the ones we need to see. Well, isn't that like life? I had a nice discussion with my friend about why we think the images are carved there. (No one can yet definitively answer that question, according to the interpretive materials.) The fascination, for us, lingered long after our visit.

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Reviewed 28 October 2013

They have great, short hikes were you can get a little higher for a good view of the city. And you get to see a lot of petroglyphs (big rocks with drawings on them). They look neat and are interesting. You only pay a couple bucks for parking. There are multiple sites, unfortunately when we went some were closed due to the shutdown. Would love to go again and see what we missed!

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