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New Mexico's American Indian heritage is strong. Many visitors ask about visiting a pueblo while in Santa Fe. Visit one of the ancestral pueblos, abandoned for centuries, or a site where you can view... Read More
New Mexico's American Indian heritage is strong. Many visitors ask about visiting a pueblo while in Santa Fe. Visit one of the ancestral pueblos, abandoned for centuries, or a site where you can view petroglyphs. These messages carved on rocks by indigenous people long ago were rich with meaning: a kind of ancient graffiti that conveyed messages. One of the most accessible and prolific sites is the La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site about 20 minutes southwest of the Plaza. They've recorded over 5,000 glyphs in this area. Look for a gravel parking lot identified by a small BLM (Bureau of Land Management) sign. Most of the petroglyphs are located at the top on the edge of the escarpment, though you'll pass some on the way up. These are archeological treasures. Don't climb on the rocks or write on them. Don't take any souvenirs from the site – just look and marvel.
PO Box 27115
Santa Fe, NM 87505-0115
- Free Things to Do: "Bring your camera. There are great photo opportunities here. Don't forget to bring water – it's important to keep hydrated in the dry high desert, and perhaps a snack or picnic lunch. Just remember, whatever you bring in, take out with you and leave what's there alone."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: The indigenous culture is an important part of the local story. This is the closest, most accessible and prolific petroglyph site in the area.