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Petroglyph National Monument

6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87103
505-899-0205
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Ranked #25 of 123 attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Geologic Formations, Historic Sites
Activities: Running, Hiking
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We ended up spending much longer at this National Monument than originally planned. There's much more to it than just looking at some petroglyphs (though those are awesome to see), particularly if you have younger children. My son loved the hike to the top and we loved just watching him take it all in. Everyone was very friendly too...definitely recommend.

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Galveston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Centuries before the first Europeans arrived in the Upper Rio Grande Valley, ancestors of today's Pueblo people scratched fascinating images into the cliffs above the desert floor. Because "desert varnish," a phenomenon similar to rust, covered the naturally light-colored rock, these images are visible as sort of reverse sketches, sand-colored figures against blackish-brown. Many of the more than 25,000 petroglyphs... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I was kind of hoping to do some short hikes here, but they really aren't hikes... wee walks, sometimes with a bit of scrambling to see the petroglyphs. If you like petroglyphs, this is a great place for you. If you are looking for more of an outdoor event/day outside, this will be somewhat of a disappointment. Really just worth... More

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Pittsburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The petroglyphs are awesome. We arrived during a dry lightning storm and had to go back later in the day. We had just enough time to explore the many examples of history before the park closed.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Go in the morning before it gets too hot. It was already very got by 11:00 am and clinging the black rocks with no shade was hotter. My 5 year old didn't really grasp the concept of the petroglyphs. My older kids age 13 and 16 thought it was interesting. But HOT. We went to Boca Negra only because it... More

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Canton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Hiking the petroglyphs is like taking a tour back in time. The preservation of this slice of history is quite amazing and well worth the effort to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Although some areas were closed, we really enjoyed the areas we could hike and the petroglyphs are incredible! The hike is narrow, which doesn't bother us but it is not accessible with a stroller or wheelchair.

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Joplin, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was a neat place to visit. I wonder though if the rocks have shifted covering a lot of the trails and markings. The guard was really nice and they little short hikes where you can get really close to the petroglyphs.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Just a few minutes from downtown Albuquerque; a trip back in time to see the petroglyphs in a natural setting. Not too strenuous a hike, great views of the city and Sandia Mountains. We also went to the Volcanos, desolate hike, but worthwhile when you see the view!

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Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We went straight to the main office, so we didn't have any problems with directions. The nice lady at the main visitors center gave us excellent directions. The rawness of the site blew my mind. It's well laid out, and access to the actual petroglyphs is easy. The cost is minimal, but we were cost free due to our annual... More

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