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by kymbanm

Petroglyph National Monument is a patchwork quilt of areas surrounded by the suburbs of Albuquerque. These areas are divided into various canyons which have well maintained walking paths to take you to some of the best petroglyphs in the area.

Petroglyphs are ancient scratchings on the local basalt boulders that create designs that were important to the original inhabitants of this region. We can only guess as to the meaining of the work, and the action of performing this work. Was it ancient grafitti? From boredom? Part of spiritual ceremonies? Or a memory album?

I love taking time to wander over here ... it is so close to home, yet feels so far away ....

If it is your first time - go to the visitor center for more information and free materials available to teach you more about the various walks included in this park.

Directions: Take I-40, exit #154 (Unser) to the North. ~3 miles down on the left is the entrance to the visitor center.
Phone: 505-899-0205

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  • Updated Jul 14, 2005
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