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“I Love Petrglyphs” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument
6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87103
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Ranked #11 of 183 things to do in Albuquerque
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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.
Columbus, Texas
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“I Love Petrglyphs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 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. I also found the volcanic geography interesting. If you love the petroglyphs and haven't been to Three Rivers Petroglyphs near Ruidoso, please go there. It is kind of out in the middle of nowhere, so not as many people make it out there, but the the density and quality of the petroglyphs is mind-boggling!

Visited July 2014
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Jackson, Mississippi
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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.

Visited July 2014
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Mesa, Arizona
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“Great experience for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My girls participate in the Jr. Ranger program and loved this National Monument. The books were kid friendly and helped get my girls engaged in nature and the history of the monument. Wonderful experience for the whole family!!

Visited July 2014
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“Definitely make a stop here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We ended up spending much longer at this National Monument than originally planned. There's much more to it than just looking at some petroglyphs (though those are awesome to see), particularly if you have younger children. My son loved the hike to the top and we loved just watching him take it all in. Everyone was very friendly too...definitely recommend.

Visited July 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Accessible windows into an ancient culture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Centuries before the first Europeans arrived in the Upper Rio Grande Valley, ancestors of today's Pueblo people scratched fascinating images into the cliffs above the desert floor. Because "desert varnish," a phenomenon similar to rust, covered the naturally light-colored rock, these images are visible as sort of reverse sketches, sand-colored figures against blackish-brown. Many of the more than 25,000 petroglyphs in this park seem easy to explain; for example, they depict what appear to be goats, lizards or birds still seen in the area. Others are geometrical, such as spirals, which may have had a spiritual significance. The most surprising are images of macaws, a Central American bird whose closest range is southern Mexico. How did the pre-Columbian Pueblo people ever see them? They must have engaged in wide-ranging trade. Early Christian explorers and settlers also left their own rock drawings. Petroglyph National Monument is located within the Albuquerque city limits, somewhat incongruously across the road from a modern subdivision. Although the main trails around the petroglyphs are improved, they are nonetheless steep in places, and there's no shade. Wear sturdy shoes, carry water and slap on sunscreen. Better still, if you visit during the summer, go early, when the air will be cool and the morning light makes the most of the images. The park opens at 8 a.m.

Visited July 2014
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