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Petroglyph National Monument

6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87103
505-899-0205
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Ranked #25 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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Smyrna, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I was amazed that this site is right in the city of Albuquerque. On each visit I have made to ABQ I have seen it without realizing it. You can explore the messages the ancients left for us and enjoy the wonderful New Mexico openness. I additionally applaud Albuquerque for its Open Space initiatives.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

A basis for everything that is modern Albuquerque. Not necessarily easy walking, but worth the effort.

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The Petroglyph National Monument is a place that makes us wonder what many of the marks on the stones are expressing. Some are easy to determine, at least in our interpretation, what they are, such as birds or animals being hunted. But then there are those that try to take away the beauty of ancient history by leaving their initals... More

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

If you're interested in communication from long, long time ago, it's a must see. There is a lot of walking in the hot sun if you want to see everything and there is a few climbs so bring water and sunscreen.

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Cartersville, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place to get a nice hike and get a glimpse of history with a nice walk through the hills. You can get real close to the petroglyphs and if you enjoy nature and American history this is a great stop!

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We started at the visitor center to get directions to the Boca Negra site. We paid $1 to park there. The petroglyphs are mainly concentrated on a hill that is paved but may not be easy to climb for anyone with mobility issues. There are interpretive signs along the path. further down the parking area there are two more short... More

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Mansfield, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We went to the Boca Negra site and it was so amazing. We were able to walk to the top of the mountain. You definitely need tennis shoes on, but it is such a beautiful view at the top that it's worth the climb. My son is 6 and he enjoyed every minute. It's also nice to be so up... More

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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Quality gifts for sale. Very knowledgeable fellow at the desk. The petroglyphs were really neat to see. As I get older the hikes get tougher but it was worth the effort to see these ancient artifacts.

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virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Check out the maps at the visitor center, then decide which hike to take. We chose the 1.5 mile trail at Piedras Marcadas, because the ranger told us we'd see more petroglyphs there. We saw many, also some wildlife (jack rabbits, chipmunks) and lots of beautiful wild flowers. The views are spectacular, especially if you scramble up the hill (I'm... More

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Fox Point, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Easy walk to view the petroglyphs. Beautiful view at the top. A little further to the west are 3 volcanoes that are easily accessible even for people who aren't very active. Glad we went

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