Hike up the trails at the Petroglyph National Monument and imagine what the Native Americans and Spanish settlers in Albuquerque saw centuries ago. The park features one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. The western area of the park is bounded by a number of dormant fissure volcanoes. The park closes at 5PM so come early in the day to make sure that you have ample time for hiking.
Things to Do
- It is recommended to drop by the Visitor Center first before heading out to the trails. The volunteers at the center will provide more information and maps and they can also give and advice as to which trail best suits you. There are several trails to choose from with varying degrees of difficulty.
- Hike on one of the well-known trails, the Piedras Marcadas Canyons, located at the northern side. Take the kids for a 2-mile hike on flat, level grounds. Spot the petroglyphs and try to decipher what the rock carvings mean. Watch out for rabbits, lizards, snakes, and hawks on the road.
- Go to the Boca Negra Canyon for a longer day hike through the Mesa Point, Macaw, and Cliff Base trails. This is the area with a parking lot, restrooms, and a drinking fountain.
- Although there are no petroglyphs in the volcano area, the challenging trek will reward you with breathtaking views of Albuquerque. If are planning to visit the volcanoes, be sure to start the trek early in the day.
Petroglyph National Monument Insider Tips
- Bring water and sunblock. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
- Admission is free. Parking lot is located at the Boca Negra Canyon with $1 fee on weekdays and $2 on weekends.