Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument

Nature & Wildlife in Petroglyph

Animals

Millipedes Petroglyph National Monument is home to two resident species of millipedes, the Desert Millipede (Orthoporus ornatus) and the Slate Millipede (Comanchelus chihuanus). They are very easy to tell apart. The Desert Millipede is dark brown, averages 6 inches in length, and is the most common species seen. The ...

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Natural World

Common Trees and Shrubs Petroglyph National Monument sits on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert. The Chihuahuan Desert is primarily situated in the southern half of New Mexico, West Texas and Mexico. However, there is one thin finger of Chihuahuan Desert which extends as far north as Albuquerque. The ...

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Geology

Geology: Designer of the Land A Living Landscape   New Mexico is one of the most geologically active areas of the forty-eight contiguous states. On the surface volcanoes are resting while rivers carve the earth, mountain ranges are thrust skyward, and howling winds erode and deposit sand and soil. Yet hidden beneath ...

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Plants

Chile Ristras, tradition, beauty and utility. Chile Ristras of New Mexico Ristras are the strings of chile you see hanging along fences, on patios and on portals all over New Mexico. In the Fall, you can buy ristras at farmer's markets and roadside stands. Ristras are sometimes used for decoration, and ...

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