We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Petroglyph National Monument

6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87103
505-899-0205
Website
Improve this listing
82%
Ranked #22 of 86 Attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Running
Owner description: Up to 15,000 petroglyphs or prehistoric rock art images have been found on the West Mesa volcanic...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Running
Hours:
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.

Hotels near Petroglyph National Monument

Write a Review

363 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    134
    163
    43
    15
    8
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW 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 !!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boca Raton, Florida
Top Contributor
429 reviews 429 reviews
215 attraction reviews
358 helpful votes 358 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The cold and wind but a bit of a damper on our visit but what we saw was very interesting. There is not much of a visitor center but the trails are easily accessible. Be sure to pick up a guide book so you get information on what you are seeing. The trails where we hiked, Boca Negra Canyon, are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sault Sainte Marie
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I have seen photos of these petroglyphs many times, and somehow they appear to be smaller and less significant in real. It is awesome to look at rocks so old, but the pictures seem just like something somebody scraped in there yesterday. Well, truth be told, there are some vandal scribbles there, too, which is why a sign had to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It is an easy walk to stroll among the many fascinating petroglyphs on the black rocks. Some are a bit higher so that you can climb over other rocks to see them. It is much more exciting than seeing this Indian culture in books.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by this park. We went on the 2 mile walk through the Petroglyph Park, just a few miles west of the headquarters. The parking is free and clean, with clean restrooms. The trail is well marked, and loops along a volcanic bluff. There is signage all along the hike explaining certain petroglyphs and encouraging visitors to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gillette, WY
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This was more interesting than anticipated. The views from the top of the monument were excellent. Parking is a buck during the week and two on the weekend.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Okc
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
53 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It was worth coming through the area and seeing the petroglyphs. The kids were actually somewhat interested, which surprised me. They were actively looking for ones everywhere, which with there age, I thought they would have been bored. I would say volcano park is better, but if you have time, go see this.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We loved all of the hikes we took, with well-marked trails, beautiful views, and more petroglyphs than we could have ever imagined. The only small negative is that this is a series of parks, and you have to drive to each one, some in subdivisions surrounded by houses. Be sure to go to the visitor center for maps and recommendations.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tucson, Arizona
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I drove to the Piedras Marcadas Canyon section of Petrogyph National Monument in a late model sedan, but it must have changed into Doc Brown’s Delorean time machine because when I got out to see what was there, I was back in time to around 1300 AD. The carvings on the rocks are amazing – full of imagination and purpose.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Petroglyph National Monument also viewed

 

Been to Petroglyph National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Petroglyph National Monument staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?