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Petroglyph National Monument

Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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.
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6001 Unser Blvd NW, Western Trail at Unser Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
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Reviewed yesterday

We have been a couple of times, tried two different trails. The nature is amazing, and the hikes we tried are really easy. Not handicap friendly, though. It is easy to confuse the old petroglyphs with modern graffiti, and some places vandalism has occurred. We...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ChristianErnstsen
Reviewed yesterday

We went there in a rented car and have to give quite a number of detours because the Monument is hardly signaled (and when it is the actual signposts are generally too small, particularly when driving at a certain speed). That said the art is...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 323ram_nf
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice park staff, ready to answer any questions and give helpful recommendations. 4 separate areas to explore. All free except a $2.00 parking fee at one. Have plenty of water with you. Not all areas have restrooms so be prepared. Interesting historical and cultural place.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Stay790009
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Totally worth checking out. Not at all handicap accessible, and make sure you bring some water, sunscreen, and a hat as there is some walking and climbing. The visitor center IS NOT at the parks. They give a map to the two or three area...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank madmoose123
Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved climbing the lava rocks looking at ancient art and, as it was spring, enjoying the wildflowers

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jeff G
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had children with us who were doing the Junior ranger program. They spent time with them and were very helpful. Adults and Children enjoyed hiking.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Tom D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Start your day at the visitor center you need map's and info to find trail head's and get orientation Figure out what level of hiking your group is up for then head out You will step back to AD1300 as you walk through the canyons...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank David W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a terrific value and a great way to spend an hour or so seeing some great examples of petroglyphs. The Boca Negra Canyon features restrooms and "paved trails". There are two very short trails that are easy to navigate, but the main trail...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank wheresphil
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Each stop is quite diverse. Would definitely stop at Visitors Center first for maps and locations of hikes, Petroglyphs viewings, etc. informative staff. Hikes were good; hunting for the Petroglyphs was fun. Would definitely recommend as a fun, informative activity.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Bellaire56
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, daughter, and I, stopped here on our way to New Mexico. It was a great excursion to break up the drive. You can easily see the park in half a day. If you are traveling west to east, start at the south end...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Elaine W
June 26, 2018|
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Response from HCovik | Reviewed this property |
A breeze. You can walk the main trail in about one hour (1 1/4 mile). Just some climbing on ladders if you want to look inside cliff dwellings. The "Alcove house" (Ceremonial cave) is an additional 1 mile, 1 hour round-trip... More
March 20, 2018|
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Response from Marianne1017 | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t get to Tent Rocks. Bandelier was a good 90 minute drive to Albuquerque. We were there for several hours and just did the visitor center and the Main Loop Trail. This trail is very interesting and the time spent... More
Patrick M
December 8, 2017|
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i think so, i saw people walking dogs, so i assume you can