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“great hike through 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.
Reviewed September 26, 2013

There's a large selection of petroglyphs as you wander around the hillside. The tours vary in length and you also get to see the surrounding area from the hills.

Thank ken and cindy p
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

In a recent hike out to the site discovered that some second rate contractor who cut a dirt road to the top of the mesa to build over priced rich housing development dumped their dirt over several of the best images. this site has been significantly diminished over night by hasty actions from a careless construction firm who destroyed and buried centuries of history robbing future generations of the experience. How can this level of complacency go unpunished? makes one wonder if it was intentional. Expansionist greed will be our undoing.

6  Thank Jason V
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

A large collection of petroglyphs in one area. Go to the visitors center before you begin. They can direct you to the right locations for a short tour or a longer tour. Good petroglyph books in the visitor center. The rangers are very helpful and knowledgeable. Most of the petroglyphs are easy to see along the trail. Be sure to look closely for the not so close ones. You will need sunscreen, a hat, hiking shoes, water, and sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses help you to see some of the not so evident petroglyphs. Morning before noon is the the best light to see the petroglyphs. It takes at least 2 hours of at a leisurely pace to complete the trail.

2  Thank TexasPuma
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This place was really easy to get to, and surprisingly close to the city. At the visitor's center, there are guides, maps, displays, gifts, books and helpful staff to answer questions. You'll drive to a separate site about a mile away, where there is a $1 parking fee. There are self guided tours of the monument that you can link up your iphone to, which was really neat. The paths up to the top of the monument can be steep at points, and rocky and gravelly. I made the mistake of wearing flip flops, and going during a super hot time of the day, but that was my fault. Just have water, as there really is no shade at all. If you are interested in history, it's a neat way to spend a little bit of time. The petroglyphs are definitely pretty cool to see. It was very bright during the time that I went, which made it kind of hard to see many of the petroglyphs, so I decided to only hike one trail. There is a lot more to see. For me, it was just was a so-so experience, but I would definitely say it's worth visiting.

Thank Jessica B
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

This was on our list of places we needed to see during our recent trip to ABQ. We started at the visitors station (highly recommend to understand the trail options and time commitment). We then drove through a neighborhood to get to the loop where you could walk and see over 300 petroglyphs in about an hours time. Several trails were easy to navigate with a few with strenuous stairs or loose rock. For the most part, we saw about 50 or so from the paths we walked down and were happy with that.

Thank Linda T
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