This fascinating national monument is about 2 hours drive west of Albuquerque. Now that I've been there, I'll return, bringing visitors to our home in New Mexico with me. I was very pleasantly surprised. This is not just about the physical beauty of the spot but also about the human history of 3 people groups. We were offered a free guide (in fact the whole darn experience was free...no entrance fee, which we would have gladly paid). There is a 2 mile walking loop that ascends the mesa after an interesting walk along the base. The lower section is paved and easy. The ascent to the top is not at all difficult but does go UP. We took our time and were rewarded with a remarkable view as well as what was, to us, crazy eery topography as we walked along the top. There is a bench under some trees not far from where we crested the mesa that would be a good place to stop, eat a light lunch or snack (self-provided of course), relax and enjoy the serenity of the place. We had allotted two hours for this visit but in fact were there for 3 & 1/2 hours and could have stayed longer. We really dawdled along the base, looking at the inscriptions.
This is a lovely day trip from Albuquerque. There are ice caves and lava beds along the way.....Go and enjoy!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.