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.
Petroglyph National Monument reviews
The petroglyphs are out in the sun, so be prepared with a hat and water if you want to walk the longer loops. We enjoyed the lack of crowds at Piedra Marcadas canyon (note: no bathroom or water here..... more »
The area was beautiful and the petroglyphs were interesting. The website said 2 hours, but I would double that if you actually want to hike all 4 areas and we are not slow! We only got to 2 areas in.... more »
This place is very cool. Not even outside of Albuquerque and you can see some living history on a short hike. The volunteers are incredibly helpful and the trails are well done. This is a great place to spend as much time as you want or just an hour.
It has a nice walking trail. About 2 miles, so very easy to complete. Took us about 1 hour to get through. Go in the morning when it's cooler outside. Keep your eyes up and looking so you can see the petroglyphs. I would give it 5 stars but the visitors center did not have the national Park coins.
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