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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Petroglyph National Monument

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Ancient Art on the Rocks

Simply defined, This national park preserves one of the largest collections of petroglyphs, or primitive rock carvings, on the North American continent. The designs and images carved into these volcanic rocks here date from 400 to 700 years ago and were left by both indigenous people and Spanish settlers and explorers.

The visitor's center here has maps, brochures, and other resources, but it's about a mile away from any of the trailheads to the park. There are several routes that you can take to see the petroglyphs, literally hundreds of them. You can also hike along trails that feature geological wonders like volcanic cinder cones and scenic views of the Rio Grande valley.

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