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Address: 6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
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Up to 15,000 petroglyphs or prehistoric rock art images have been found on...

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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This hike was pretty awesome!! Do the long one first and the second two short hikes are easy . Really cool petroglyphs ! Take some water because it gets hot being among all those... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2016
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Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

This hike was pretty awesome!! Do the long one first and the second two short hikes are easy . Really cool petroglyphs ! Take some water because it gets hot being among all those rocks . Sunscreen or a hat is a good idea. Don't forget your camera!!

Thank Angela2083
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2016

Whenever we have visitors, one of the places we always take them to is the Petroglyphs. Not only is this a fun hiking experience, but it's an interesting cultural and archeological one as well.

Thank msbiztoo
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

An incredible collection of rock carvings in several different parts of Albuquerque's west side. It is best to visit when the temperature is less than 80 degrees and overcast- the black volcanic rock shows the glyphs very well but also easily turns not an oven. The different trails have all levels of difficulty, most are easy unless the heat is... More 

1 Thank Ron1733
Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2016

There are actually 2 sections of this NM. One entails a fairly level walk, but on sand. I hate walking on sand. The other, up the road apiece, is a climb. The trail is not long and is well-marked. There are lots of petroglyphs to be seen. Be aware, however, that this is practically rock scrambling. Up was a bit... More 

3 Thank LadyJLasVegas
Totowa, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

On a recent solo trip to Albuquerque, I did a stop at the Petroglyph National Monument on the outskirts of the city. It is a National Park Service location and is full of information, tours, and great knowledgeable folks. I was pressed for time so I did the "Boca Negra" trail. It takes under an hour and you can see... More 

4 Thank Stevensdork
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2016

We visited in July - it's hot hiking through the rocks and trails. The hiking itself is easy, more or less level, on well maintained trails. The petroglyphs are easily visible - but they never look as good as they do in the professional photo materials that one sees advertising the park. Well worth a visit.

1 Thank Bs R
New York
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2016

This park is made of of several areas, not all of which have petroglyphs. My GPS brought me to the volcano area which has amazing views but not petroglyphs. I then found my way to the main station which also does not have petroglyphs and then finally to a nearby area that did have petroglyphs. The hike was easy and... More 

1 Thank Mary B
Clementon, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

This is a really neat exhibit. It's not for people who can not negotiate a steep climb because you must walk up the 'hill' to see all the petroglyphs.

Thank moncrief20
Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

The Petroglyph National Monument is spread out, unlike national parks, it's necessary to drive through residential areas to get to see Petroglyphs. Visitors center staff, friendly and supplied us with information of how to proceed. However, they neglected to mention that seeing the Petroglyphs at Boca Negron Canyon requires climbing up a trail that is uneven, rocky and steep. Some... More 

3 Thank EMRosenbaum
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Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

The lady at the visitor center didn't mention the film, so I asked about it. So glad I did! Gives you great perspective. The petroglyphs are amazing. It is very unfortunate that modern day people have added their own touches... Be prepared to do some hiking. And go early before it gets too warm. We only went to Boca Negra,... More 

1 Thank Tisha O

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