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Examine traces of Albuquerque's past at the Petroglyph National Monument on Albuquerque's West Side, where centuries ago Native Americans meticulously pecked thousands of images into the rocks, their... Read More
Examine traces of Albuquerque's past at the Petroglyph National Monument on Albuquerque's West Side, where centuries ago Native Americans meticulously pecked thousands of images into the rocks, their meanings known only to them. Jointly managed by the National Park Service and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division, Petroglyph National Monument comprises 7,236-acres along 17 miles of Albuquerque's west escarpment. About 150,000 years ago lava seeped from an enormous fissure here, covering the landscape like a prehistoric parking lot. Over time, cooling and erosion cracked the hardened lava. In many areas the frozen ripples of once-hot lava can be seen in rock fragments, looking like poured cake batter. A National Park Service visitor center and bookstore is located off of Unser Boulevard, but otherwise the expanse of open space is undeveloped save for interpretive signs and facilities along the few developed trails at Boca Negra Canyon, Rinconada Canyon and the Volcanoes trails. Otherwise, silence and isolation are yours just minutes from the bustle of the city. (6001 Unser Blvd. NW, 505-899-0205, www.nps.gov/petr)
- Daily 8am-5pm
- Boca Negra Canyon Parking: Weekdays $1, Weekends $2.
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Makes a wonderful sunset stroll, but make sure you don't get lost, carry a flashlight and keep your eyes out for rattlesnakes, though sightings are rare."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This beautiful, peaceful, sacred landscape is only minutes from the city, and is still an important site to New Mexico's Native Americans. Please visit with respect.