Petroglyph National Monument. Detailed guide of Petroglyph National Monument

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Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument. Detailed guide of Petroglyph National Monument West side of Albuquerque

Petroglyph National Monument

West side of Albuquerque

 

Nearly 20,000 petroglyphs carved by ancestral Puebloans, Hispanic sheepherders, and early settlers stretch 17 mi along this volcanic escarpment. Hiking trails wind through the gorgeous Boca Negra Canyon, many to petroglyphs and associated archaeological sites relating the 12,000-year story of human habitation on Albuquerque's West Mesa. The park was authorized on June 27, 1990.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Hiking, viewing petroglyphs. Facilities: Visitor center, guided and self-guided tours, hiking trails. Book and map sales, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Ranger-led tours (weekends Memorial Day-mid-Oct., otherwise by reservation), cultural demonstrations (weekends Memorial Day-Labor Day). Founders Day (around Aug. 25). Tips & Hints: Before hiking, get maps at visitor center. Come in spring for cactus and wildflower blooms, Sept. and Oct. for best weather. Watch for rattlesnakes. Busiest May-Oct, least crowded Dec. and Jan.

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Canyon parking fee: $1 per car weekdays, $2 weekends. No hunting. No motorized equipment. No pets at Boca Negra Canyon, leashed pets only on some backcountry trails. Stay on designated paths. Park and visitor center open daily 8-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

3 mi north of 1-40, on Unser Blvd. NW at Western Trail. Closest airport: Albuquerque (12 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Petroglyph National Monument (6001 Unser Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, tel. 505/899-0205, fax 505/899—0207,).

Petroglyph National Monument. Detailed guide of Petroglyph National Monument

West side of Albuquerque