Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque

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Geologic Formation · National Park
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Stretching 27 km (17 mi) along the West Mesa, Petroglyph National Monument is one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. It is home to thousands upon thousands of petroglyphs carved in volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. The carvings are all outside and can be accessed via walking trails. Begin your trip at the visitor center, where staff will advise you on what walks are best-suited for you, as they vary in length and difficulty. Each route reveals an array of petroglyphs and the park's impressive natural features. The trails are not paved, so wear appropirate shoes. Put Petroglyph National Monument and other Albuquerque attractions into our Albuquerque online itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Right in the middle of the west side of Albuquerque. A few places you can visit along a multiple mile stretch. 
    Right in the middle of the west side of Albuquerque. A few places you can visit along a multiple mile stretch.  more »
  • I hiked the Rinconada Canyon trail. This one is about a 2.2 mile loop trail. It is a very sandy trail, so parts are a little harder to walk and you will get dusty. Be patient, you’ve got to go at... 
    I hiked the Rinconada Canyon trail. This one is about a 2.2 mile loop trail. It is a very sandy trail, so parts are a little harder to walk and you will get dusty. Be patient, you’ve got to go at...  more »
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  • It was cool view and it was really hot, but that’s New Mexico especially in the summer. National park service worker was really helpful with guiding my boyfriend and I to the monuments. Only went to one that was closest to the visitor center. It was an easy hike up but at the top it’s a bit steep. It was cool to see them and get a glimpse of history. I would recommend this monument!
  • Very nice trail to go for a hike/walk. However, there are no trees thus no shade (besides a couple of shade structures), so plan accordingly. Initial leg of the trail is pretty smooth gravel trail (probably wheelchair accessible), but later parts (including going up the volcano) has some rough spots, nothing terrible, but watch your footing.

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