Petroglyphs National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2 miles 10 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Phil Konstantin

More petroglyphs and pictographs (Rock Art) per square mile that just about anywhere in the USA.

Petroglyph National Park - Amazing Rock Art - Petroglyph National Monument has one of the biggest, and easiest to find group of petroglyphs in the United States. There are over 20,000 carvings in this monument. It is on the western side of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is easy to reach. The vast majority of the petroglyphs (rock carvings) are from the Pueblo IV period. That runs from about 1300 to 1650 (AD or CE, as you prefer). A few are up to 1,000 years old. A tiny amount were done by Spanish settlers when this was still part of Spain or Mexico.  I visited the park on April 12, 2016. 

There are several hiking trails in the Park. Here is some basic info for each:

Boca Negra Canyon: 1 mile long, 1 hour time - 100 petroglyphs

Rinconada Canyon: 2.2 miles, 1.5 hours time - 300 petroglyphs

Piedras Marcadas Canyon: 1.5 miles, 1 hour plus - 400 petroglyphs

My personal video of the area is below.

Read More

Tags

Photography
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Cool Petrogyphs

The hike is very easy, very flat. Parking was a little strange, right behind an auto shop basically inside a neighborhood. It was fun scoping out the petroglyphs all over the rocks, but we went in the afternoon in June and it got pretty hot with pretty much no shade (not the best timing on our part). So even though it’s short definitely bring some water!

Stay Nearby

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque Koa

Bernalillo, New Mexico

Albuquerque North / Bernalillo Koa

Cedar Crest, New Mexico

Nine Mile Picnic Site

Overview **Nine Mile Picnic Site is currently closed for improvements**If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, cool spot with a slight breeze, Nine Mile Picnic Site could be just what the doctor ...

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Capulin Spring Picnic Site

Overview Capulin Spring is a well-loved recreation spot. It accommodates fifty people. This picnic site is surrounded by heavily wooded land that affords shade to escape the heat of the day. The sp...

Nearby Adventures

  • Photograph the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

    This is one of the most photographed festivals in the world. Professionals and amateurs gather here each year to take millions of photos, and your goal (albeit a difficult one) is to capture a unique perspective at this event. Something that conve...

  • Hike Embudito Canyon

    This is a hiking area in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. This route is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop up Oso Ridge and down Embudito Canyon.  There is plenty of room to park at the Embudito Trail Trail head, on the eastern side of Albuq...

    4.2 miles 1204 ft gain

  • Ride to the Top of Sandia Peak

    Start at the Sandia Mountain base terminal where you can purchase your tickets to ride the tram (Tip: If you make reservations at the peaks restaurant, High Finance, you can get a discount on your ticket). Enjoy the 15 minute ride to the peak whil...

    10378 ft gain

  • Hike the Piedra Lisa Trail

    Up near the iconic La Luz Trailhead is a smaller and somewhat hidden trail a little farther up the road, Piedra Lisa Trail.  This short two mile climb to the ridge that divides the view of Albuquerque and Placitas tops out at a rocky outcrop that ...

    4.2 miles 1000 ft gain