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“Fading History”

Petroglyph National Monument
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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.
Houston, Texas
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“Fading History”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Start at the Visitor's Center where friendly and enthusiastic staff will guide you as to where to go. We went south a mile first, for the longer of the petroglyphs walks. The sandy trail makes walking a little sluggish, and definitely don't war open toe footwear. There are lots of petroglyphs, and most are quite faint; only a couple of other visitors on the trail, but we went midday, which (in summer/early fall) would not recommend. We then went to the smaller city-operated site north of the Visitor's Center, small fee without Park Service pass. Lot less petroglyphs, fading, and because there are no interpretations, takes a lot out of what could be an informative look into the ancient past. Supposedly, current native Americans (1) won't reveal the meanings for religious reasons, and/or (2) don't agree upon the interpretations, and/or (3) don't the meanings. Regardless, adding even guesses or conflicting interpretations would turn a boring, uninformed hike into a cultural awakening, and to me is a huge missed opportunity for the current Pueblo people.

Without more to guide you along the paths, an Interesting hike (exercise), but not the highlight of our week in Albuquerque-area...for more Pueblo culture, definitely recommend Sky City Pueblo (occupied, I-40 west of Albuquerque) as well as Bandelier (1,000 year old pre-Pueblo cliff dwellings, west of Santa Fe)

Visited September 2013
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“Petroglyph National Monument”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you've never been to Petroglyph National Monument before, it's a good idea to stop at the visitors center. You can get a map, helpful information about the trails and background on the petroglyphs. If you're visiting the petroglyphs in the summer when temperatures are high, get an early start and hike in the morning before it gets too hot. Trails open at 8:00 a.m. It's a good idea to take water and wear sunscreen. Usually, there are very few people on the trails and it makes for a quiet hike. When on the Rinconada Canyon Trail, some of the best petroglyphs are toward the end of the trail. Lots of useful information about Petroglyph National Monument at http://www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm.

Visited September 2013
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Ruskin, Florida
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“Must See The 'Glyphs!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Not far out of Albuquerque and worth the trip. Many of these petroglyphs have either been featured on TV documentaries or in books. There are several trails from easy to moderately difficult to walk. The various self guided tours have picture signs along the way explaining the different types of plants, animals and insects that populate the area. If you are lucky you will see a few like we did! Nice walk for kids because the excitement of searching for the 'glyphs (which really isn't hard) will keep them entertained. Just bring a couple of bottles of water as there are no places to get refreshed. You can spend at least a couple of hours looking at these wonders.

Visited October 2012
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Great story about Native Amercian history in the area”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Park Service Web site is a great start to plan your time here. We dedicated a morning to this very easy to find location in West Albuquerque. The Ranger at the visitor center was very knowledgeable, and helpful in our selection of the best tour - Boca Negra Canyon - due to the time we had available and my wife's physical restrictions. At the Canyon, less that a 10 minute drive from the center, you can spend 15 minutes to a couple of hours. Housing developments are 'next door', and form an interesting contrast to the present day and inhabitants 1,000 years or more back in history. If you take the hill climb (Mesa Point Trail), approx. halfway up is a marker indicating you are officially a mile high (5,280 feet), and great view back into the Rio Grande Valley toward the city center.

Visited August 2013
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“Great Park”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Be sure to add this to your Albuquerque trip! It doesn't take much time before you see tons of ancient petroglyphs. There are several hikes to do which they will tell you about at the Visitor Center. We only had time for the short ones but thorougly enjoyed it

Visited August 2013
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