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Petroglyph National Monument

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Address: 6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87103
Phone Number: 505-899-0205
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Up to 15,000 petroglyphs or prehistoric rock art images have been found on...

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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Piedras Marcadas Canyon

We started at the Visitor Center where the very helpful warden gave us an overview of the three main sites in the National Monument where petroglyphs can be viewed. We then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Regina, SK

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Regina, SK
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100 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We started at the Visitor Center where the very helpful warden gave us an overview of the three main sites in the National Monument where petroglyphs can be viewed. We then decided to visit Piedras Marcadas, the northernmost of the sites, 5 miles from the Center, as there are more than 5,000 petroglyphs to be seen there, and the site... More 

Thank ugh-lomi
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed myself and it was beautiful but the petroglyphs are high up and you have to climb to get a good look. Also people obviously use this park as party central as there are broken beer bottles everywhere. If you bring your dog or kid use caution when letting them wander. My dog Rue cut her paw on the... More 

Thank Kelsi S
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

From a person who doesn't normally hike but likes the occasionally be active, this was just right for me. I just wish I had better shoes. I would not recommend for the elderly and those with babies or really small children - probably best for them to just view the area and not climb the area. There are 3 trails,... More 

Thank HelloSandy331
Level Contributor
73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just be aware that there is a lot of walking to get to the different locations, so plan accordingly. Unfortunately we did not understand this until we had already arrived on site.

Thank Tammy F
Level Contributor
35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This park is on Albuquerque's west side. Super easy access and very convenient for half a days entertainment. There are 2 main areas, Rinconada Canyon trail which is very well maintained, stay on the trail kind of place. It's most flat with very little elevation. Lots of petroglyphs can be seen from the trail. Then you've got Boca Negra Canyon... More 

2 Thank dmjenkins
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29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What an incredible experience this was! A self guided tour through the hot desert, but you only get one chance to see such captivating history right in your face. The mystery surrounding these rocks and the stories told by pictures are fascinating. A real treat!

Thank Ebrashley
Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The park is divided into three sections with a lot of petroglyphs to see in each area. We travel with two good size dogs. They were allowed to accompany us into two of the areas but not into the third. If you are planning on exploring these sites make sure to bring water. We have seen the park on several... More 

Thank Charles J
Central Texas
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First thing...if you do not have an appreciation for this type of attraction, you may be disappointed. But, at the same time, it may help you develop a growing interest in it. We visited just after a snowfall, and getting off the path for closer looks at the artworks is discouraged as it was very muddy. There are a lot... More 

Thank D&H Travels
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For millennia Native Americans recognized the strong spiritual present amoung the countless secluded canyons and coves along this huge volcanic escarpment that forms the western edge of Albuquerque. Here sculptors left a dazzling array of rock art-an open air cathedral where one can enjoy a true ancient museum in its original setting.

Thank Mark M
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vistor Centre staff were very helpful. We only had time to visit a few of the trails, but each was informative.

Thank Jim R

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