Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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  • glennmartinwc
    San Francisco, California47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and Beautiful Reminders
    Amazing historical point of interest just minutes from downtown ABQ. We went to two of the three sites, which are very different. Boca Negra allows close examination of the petroglyphs, but is a rather difficult climb up the rocky hillside, and is not suitable for those who might be mobility impaired. Piedras Marcadas is a smooth, sandy path that provides viewing access to hundreds of petroglyphs, but only from a few dozen feet at the closest. Either way, the petroglyphs are an important artifact of Native American history in the Southwest, and shouldn't be missed! Be sure to bring sunscreen, water, a hat, good shoes, and binoculars. Drop by the Visitor Center first to get your bearings.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Laura R
    Olathe, Kansas161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history!
    Great morning hike! There were about 3 different trails to choose from (easy to a bit harder). There are no trails by the visitor center so you have to drive about 1-2 miles to each trailhead but there were really cool petroglyphs to see. Definitely worth the trip!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 May 2023
  • l0vemyt0wn
    81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good way to learn some history while enjoying the outdoors!
    There are three different locations. We went to two of the three. Rinconada Canyon is a 2.2 mile loop. It’s a mixture of packed and loose sand. You’ll see petroglyphs on the volcanic rocks, to your right. Some are hard to see. Bring binoculars if you have them and water to drink-no shade. The canyon is lovely and quiet the farther in you walk. Lots of birds and lizards. Boca Negra Canyon has restrooms and you can see petroglyphs here without much effort. If you choose to climb the sets of steps, it’s great, but steep, but you’ll see even more. We saw a rattlesnake here, curled up just off the path. They are common. Stay on the trails and keep an eye out as they blend in with the sandy coloring.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2023
  • DMEvans1993
    Thurman, Ohio76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something I've wanted to see for a long time
    This is a site where you must go with the intent to observe and not touch. Also know your limits. There are several trails and the one with the most petroglyphs is straight up a rather steep, rocky hill. I was unable to traverse that. I chose two of the more level trails due to my mobility issues but had no troubles as far as that was concerned. They are relatively short walks. There weren't an overwhelming number of petroglyphs on these trails (in theory about 100). It was amazing to be in this sacred space. I am glad I made the time for it. Also go early in the morning. I was there soon after it opened to visitors and even then it was hard to find a place to park.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 June 2023
  • AMsays
    Thornhill, Canada4,121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take care not to step on the snakes including the venemous rattlesnakes...
    There are apparently 15,000 carved images from Pueblo people and Spanish settlers which is the largest petroglyph site in North America. The visitor center has info on the park and activities. Short drive to Boca Negra, Rinconada and Piedras Marcadas Canyons where you can hike to various petroglyph sites. We took one of the shorter hikes but took a wrong turning and ended up on the overlooking ridge and had to take a shortcut to catch the path. We didn’t see as many petroglyphs as we wanted – many blended into the rocks. We were told to take care not to step on snakes, including the venomous rattlesnakes
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Teardrop Trailer Traveler
    United States754 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Petroglyph National Monument
    As the name suggest, Petroglyph National Monument preserves petroglyphs carved in the rock. If you enjoy hiking, this is a great site. If you don't, this is probably not the site for you, as hiking is pretty much the only activity at the site and the only way to view the petroglyphs. I took a short walk to the top of a hill. The trail was steep, but the top of the hill provided a good vista of the city of Albuquerque. There were plenty of petroglyphs along the trail, some easier to see than others. There are also a few extinct volcanoes in a different location. I drove out to this site, and the volcanoes are visible in the distance from the parking lot. There are hiking trails which go out to the volcanoes, but I did walk out to them, as I was not prepared for a longer walk.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Jeremiah Z
    Roseville, Minnesota2,952 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Volcanoes Loop Best Hike
    I hiked the Boca Negra Canyon, Rinconada Canyon and Volcanoes trails midweek in early June. The Boca Negra Canyon trails are best to see petroglyphs up close and are the most family friendly hikes of the three. Rinconada Canyon is nice for seeing wildlife and while I couldn't find too many petroglyphs, I saw several coyotes (and zero people). I hiked the Volcanoes Loop trail right after sunrise, and that was definitely my favorite hike of the three. No petroglyphs, but the views overlooking ABQ and the Sandias to the east were spectacular. I completed the entire hike without seeing another soul. Only about 3.5 mi. RT loop and took me about 1.5 hr to complete. I can imagine this trail gets hot later in the day or during midsummer.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Carlton P
    Richardson, Texas4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Morning Trip With Historical Markings
    What an amazing place. You are able to drive there in less than an hour from downtown Albuquerque. There are so many drawings that it would take days to see all of them. Wear good shoes and take plenty of water to drink. Listen to the volunteers, they have seen it all and know what you will encounter on the trails.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Vickie H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for the whole family
    I went to the Boca Negra Canyon area. It is a great place for people of average fitness to see the Petroglyphs. The trails to see them are rocky and steep but not that long. School children were handling them just fine. I did fine with LL Bean hiking sandals. I also saw roadrunners, hawks, a crissal thrasher and a jack rabbit on my 3 hour visit. There are great views of downtown Albuquerque.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Sue L
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique finds....petroglyphs!
    I have never seen a real petroglyph until this visit...and there they were. There are numerous trails that you can hike, just be aware of your ability to navigate them. We went on one of the shorter trails, did see petroglyphs but were concerned about footing as the trail continued on, so we turned around to head back.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
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Laura M
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We did the Boca Negra trail because it was short and petroglyphs were many. The trail is rather steep but not difficult. There were descriptions of the petroglyphs and a description of the geology of the area. The view was stunning!
Written 8 April 2024
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kevan j
Norman, OK1,445 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This place is worth a stop, but that's about it. To be honest I was a little disappointed. We only went to the Boca Negra area and did the two short hikes. We did see a few nice petroglyphs, but not nearly as many as I expected. There were also so many "fake" ones scratched into the rocks by vandals that it really bothered me. Perhaps the other two locations in the park are nicer and have more to see. I'll try them next time and do another review.
Written 3 April 2024
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advisorj
washington, dc404 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
You need to visit the visitor center first, but the center has little to offer except directions to the three sites. Video at the center is outside and hard to see. The sites are interesting and worth a short stop.
Written 26 March 2024
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morrinme
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nice 2 mile easy walk with lots of petroglyphs. Recommend that you bring binoculars for the ones that are further away. Saw lots of lizards, as well:-)
Written 4 March 2024
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PossumCath
Auckland, New Zealand31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The petroglyphs are amongst the most interesting and mysterious historical monuments in the USA. No-one knows their meaning, but we can guess. They still communicate with the viewer placing you back 800 to 1000 years. Intriguing and evocative!
Written 3 March 2024
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Sue L
Myrtle Beach, SC806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I have never seen a real petroglyph until this visit...and there they were. There are numerous trails that you can hike, just be aware of your ability to navigate them. We went on one of the shorter trails, did see petroglyphs but were concerned about footing as the trail continued on, so we turned around to head back.
Written 20 November 2023
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Vickie H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I went to the Boca Negra Canyon area. It is a great place for people of average fitness to see the Petroglyphs. The trails to see them are rocky and steep but not that long. School children were handling them just fine. I did fine with LL Bean hiking sandals. I also saw roadrunners, hawks, a crissal thrasher and a jack rabbit on my 3 hour visit. There are great views of downtown Albuquerque.
Written 13 November 2023
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Carlton P
Richardson, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
What an amazing place.
You are able to drive there in less than an hour from downtown Albuquerque.
There are so many drawings that it would take days to see all of them.
Wear good shoes and take plenty of water to drink.
Listen to the volunteers, they have seen it all and know what you will encounter on the trails.
Written 24 October 2023
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Crystal P
Liberty, Illinois362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Just outside of Albuquerque, this park is easily-accessible. Fascinating ancient and modern writing on the volcanic rock of the west mesa. Be sure to take as many of the trails as you can to see as many of the inscriptions as possible.
Written 20 October 2023
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Jeremiah Z
Roseville, MN2,952 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I hiked the Boca Negra Canyon, Rinconada Canyon and Volcanoes trails midweek in early June. The Boca Negra Canyon trails are best to see petroglyphs up close and are the most family friendly hikes of the three. Rinconada Canyon is nice for seeing wildlife and while I couldn't find too many petroglyphs, I saw several coyotes (and zero people).

I hiked the Volcanoes Loop trail right after sunrise, and that was definitely my favorite hike of the three. No petroglyphs, but the views overlooking ABQ and the Sandias to the east were spectacular. I completed the entire hike without seeing another soul. Only about 3.5 mi. RT loop and took me about 1.5 hr to complete. I can imagine this trail gets hot later in the day or during midsummer.
Written 13 October 2023
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