"Petroglyph National Monument - Albuquerque NM" Petroglyph National Monument by MarkJochim

Petroglyph National Monument which lies on the western edge of Albuquerque contains more than 15,000 ancient rock drawings inscribed on the 17-mile-long volcanic escarpment. Archaeologists believe that the petroglyphs were carved between 1100 and 1600 AD.

Unfortunately, the city of Albuquerque has grown tremendously on the west side the past few years and homes now surround the National Monument. The city government would like to extend a major road through the center of the park, destroying many petroglyphs in the process. Although numerous citizens are opposed to this action, and protests do take place from time to time, I believe that eventually the local government will get approval for this road. They seem to be more interested in convenience and growth rather than preserving environment and history (it took them twenty years to build the very unpopular Montano Bridge, for example). It really is a shame.

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