Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument

Quick Facts

Petroglyph National Monument

New Mexico

(505) 899-0205

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Things To Do

   

Overview

Images carved on shiny black rocks come alive as you explore the petroglyphs of this high desert region. Dive into 12,000-year old history of the ancient people who lived along the Rio Grande, and left there mark on the earth for visitors to learn about and enjoy. Petroglyph National Monument stretches 17- miles along Albuquerque's West Mesa, and offers a variety of cultural and natural resources including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites and an estimated 24,000 images carved by native peoples and early Spanish settlers. This place of respect, awe and wonderment is a mus- see.

Map of Petroglyph

Latitude, Longitude: 35.139767, -106.713331

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Petroglyph National Monument offers several hiking trails to allow for viewing of natural features and a variety of petroglyphs. These trails range in difficulty from easy to moderate. There are several trails that take you as close as possible to the volcanoes, but please do not hike off of the designated trails. Native Peoples believe that hiking to the top of the volcanic cones desecrates this sacred landscape. Please respect local cultural beliefs and also help protect these unique volcanoes by not hiking to their tops.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic shelters, as well as restrooms and water are available at this site.

Seasonality/Weather

The climate of Albuquerque is best described as arid, with abundant sunshine, low humidity, scant precipitation and a wide, yet tolerable range of temperatures. More than three-fourths of the daylight hours have sunshine, even in the winter months. Albuquerque temperatures are those characteristic of a dry, high altitude climate and extreme temperatures are rare.

Directions

Driving

Visitors traveling on I-40, take Unser Boulevard exit-154 and travel north, three-miles to Western Trail. Turn left, or west onto Western Trail and follow the road to the visitor center.

From Interstate 25, take the Paseo del Norte exit-232 and proceed west to Coors Road. Proceed south on Coors Road to Western Trail. Turn right, or west onto Western Trail and follow the road to the visitor center.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(505) 899-0205

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