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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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Activities: Running, Hiking
Description: 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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Easy to get to, in Albuquerque

Did the three short trails only. Can do in an hour. Not as many as I would have thought but an easy, quick stop. The longer hike is said to be much better, but this one is OK for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

As others have said, make sure you are prepared to be in direct sunlight the entire time. The first petroglyphs I came across were far off and kind of hard to see, but there are closer ones further along the trail. Directions to the place are contradictory, but there are signs on the road to follow in case your gps... More 

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socaltwo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Did the three short trails only. Can do in an hour. Not as many as I would have thought but an easy, quick stop. The longer hike is said to be much better, but this one is OK for a quickie view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

More than an thousand years ago, graffiti artists were already at work, telling their stories on the rocks of these rocks. Mind the weather! Just a little wind and heat is magnified on these paths. ALWAYS take water! You will see ancient art come to life in the etchings of the surfaces. You will find modern graffiti harking back to... More 

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Clovis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We went to this park on a return trip through Albuquerque. We were wondering through the park talking about the different petroglyphs and a member of my party could not see what we were talking about. There are some petroglyphs that are only visible with UV sunglasses. Try taking your sun glasses on and off to see the difference.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A most interesting display of history the signs were most informative but you have to be quite fit to climb to the top

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The climb can get a little steep and the trail is rough, but there are more petroglyphs than you could hope to see!

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

There are some excellent petroglyphs, as you might expect. The main unit -- which is only two bucks if you don't have a parks pass -- is well worth the time, money and effort, little of which is needed. There are excellent views from the top of the Mesa Point trail also. You can, for no charge at all, take... More 

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Bengaluru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We went to see the Petroglyphs in the afternoon. Quite hot and sunny. There are one set of Petroglyphs on the on top of a small hillock and another set which is accessible to everybody. We did not go up because of time constraint and heat. In the second set of petroglyphs which are in the ground level, we will... More 

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New York
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Try to make arrangements with the Park Ranger so that you can be there when they give a talk. You can walk and see all the petroglyphs at pretty much eye level. A very enjoyable place to visit!

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Delray Beach, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Wanted to see the petroglyphs and went to the site. It was 4:30 so the guide gave us directions to drive about 6 miles to a "neighborhood" where there is part of the park, a well marked trail and lots of beautiful rocks, wildlife (only bunnies) and quite a few petroglyphs! We walked about 1.5 miles and really enjoyed the... More 

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