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Petroglyph National Monument

Address: 6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87103
Phone Number: 505-899-0205
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Ranked #20 of 104 Attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Running
Owner description: Up to 15,000 petroglyphs or prehistoric rock art images have been found on the West Mesa volcanic...
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Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Running
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Providence, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Petroglyphs and pictographs are quite abundant throughout the southwestern United States but no where have I found such a concentration. During the off-season months, the Monument closes at 5:00pm so come early enough to hike several canyons. The Boca Negra site, although it climbs a mesa, is well marked with several side rails and pavement (of sorts) accompanied by very... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

While the Petroglyph National Monument offers a unique presence and ample walking and hiking options, it quickly become just another occasional getaway on a nice weather day. It is easy to reach on the westside of Albuquerque. There is a visitor center with some interesting literature about the area and the way it was formed millions of years ago. For... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Every thing is better when it's free or just a small fee. Here you pay a couple dollars to park. It's definitely worth the hike. I believe we hiked Boca Negra Canyon which is up a rock type mountain. Once you reach the top you can see the Albuquerque sky line, which is very nice.There is no mistaken that it... More 

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Davenport, Florida
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20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

When you hold to the top, the views are beyond amazing, only photos can truly express their beauty. It's such an education in history adventure.

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The National Park Service won't tell visitors what these rock drawings mean for the very good reason that nobody is quite sure. Most appear to show people, animals, plants and abstract symbols. Some are the work of native Indians and date from around 1300AD while others are likely stock brands put there several centuries later by Spanish settlers. There are... More 

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Our GPS let us down and made us chase around, but we finally made it. We stopped at the visitor's center to get a map and had a great conversation with the ranger there. Many interesting facts and observations were shared. It was cold, and we ran out of time for hiking any trails, but definitely want to go back.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

It's a family joke that I love pictographs and petroglyphs, so we had to go here. The trails range from somewhat easy to challenging, so get advise at the visitors center on which trails to do. Also, wear sturdy shoes! Wonderful variety to see.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

There are three parts of the monument property and we opted for the one that was furthest away from the Visitor Center - the Piedras Marcadas Canyon. It is in a weird area, tucked away from the road BUT residential housing abuts the parking lot. This is a flat, do-able hike for most people. The trail is easy to follow... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

You have to understand that this is not an "attraction"it is a bit of history . The best part about it is that you are free to explore it thoroughly at your own pace, with no rules or barriers ! Truly a family spot ! Enjoy it while you can !!

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My wife and I found the stroll through this volcanic basalt escarpment to be easy. We marveled at the petroglyphs, which span many hundreds of years, most of them from prehistoric times. We saw geometric designs, anthromorphic figures, animal drawings, shield faces, and the enigmatic star face, which I mused might be the Venus star, which played such an important... More 

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