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Petroglyph National Monument

6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87103
505-899-0205
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Ranked #26 of 125 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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Round Rock, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

the lady in the visitors center was nice, but distracted. the place was virtually empty so it wasn't because of large crowds. Boca Negra Canyon was disappointing - not much to see, even after walking to the top of the trail - the book lists a hike as lasting 5 minutes. 5 minutes? seriously, I walk farther than that at... More

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Pearland, Texas
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23 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours to spare, there are multiple trails here to accommodate what you want. That makes this a great add-on bonus to your stay in Albuquerque, or even if you are just passing through. We drove into Albuquerque and were headed for a few "Breaking Bad" sites when my girlfriend received a message at... More

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Oceanside, California, USA
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33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Visitor's Center is difficult to find because of lack of sighnage, which I'm told the city of Albuquerque won't permit. The staff is very friendly both at the Visitor's Center and at the Boca Negra petroglyph site. There are 3 trails at this site, which is only a mile or two from the Visitor's Center and easy to find.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Located on the west side of the Albuquerque this National Monument consists of 3 separate sites of easy-viewing petroglyphs. The visitor center at Unser Blvd and Western Trail has Jr. Ranger booklets, which the kids love to do, as well as information and gift items. The trail signage marking where to view the petroglyphs within Piedras Marcadas Canyon leaves something... More

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Burleson, Texas
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130 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We hiked one of the two available trails to see the petroglyphs. The trail was about a mile and took us a little over an hour. We found many of the petroglyphs. Sometimes you have to take the time to look at the rocks to see the many pictures. Take water with you as there are no facilities. The hike... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The signposting was excellent and we found the visitors' centre easily. The guy there was really friendly and helpful. We did each of the three walks to see the petroglyphs and found it really enjoyable and informative. While the thirty minute walk was rather uneven the majority of people could easily enjoy the other two.

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Belfair, Washington
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There is a good park visitor center that will help with maps. There are petroglyphs that can be viewed without climbing or hiking in. They are in the Boca Negra Canyon. Check with the park ranger . Remember you are in snake country so keep your eyes open.

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Superior, Colorado
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

GPS does not work around here and the park is really spread out. Saw just one small part but we did see lots of petroglyphs in a natural environment. Will spend more time next time around.

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Columbus, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

I always enjoy examining petroglyphs, and I feel like you really should see this cultural monument if you are in the area. Like all National Parks, the visitors center here has very knowledgable staff. Stop there and let them help you decide how much to do because the place is pretty big, and the summer sun can be...wow...wear a hat.... More

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Jackson, Mississippi
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We almost skipped over this place, but I'm so glad that we didn't. It's located in the city, but is separated because it's a national park. It was very interesting. The petroglyphs were very visible and interesting to see. I wish that I had allotted more time for the visit.

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