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"Rinconada Canyon" Petroglyph National Monument Things to Do Tip by goodfish

  Mask or shield, Rinconada Trail
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  • Mask or shield, Rinconada Trail - Petroglyph National Monument
      Mask or shield, Rinconada Trail
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  • North side of Rinconada Canyon - Petroglyph National Monument
      North side of Rinconada Canyon
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  • Amusing dancing figure, our favorite petroglyph - Petroglyph National Monument
      Amusing dancing figure, our favorite petroglyph
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  • Great group of petroglyphs - Petroglyph National Monument
      Great group of petroglyphs
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  • Another dancing figure - Petroglyph National Monument
      Another dancing figure
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This trail is the longest in the park at 2.5 miles RT but it's relatively flat and other than some deep sand, an easy hike. Because of the 1 and 1/4 miles it extends into the canyon from the road, it's also the most remote - although nothing much at Petroglyph really classifies as that. The parking area (no fee or pass required) and trailhead are about a mile south of Visitor Center and there's a pit toilet but no water or other facilities, and no shade on the trail - come prepared!

The unpaved route follows the escarpment on the north base of the canyon with some short side paths off the main trail. Petroglyphs here are numerous and easy to spot - be sure to look on all visible sides of the boulders! When you reach the the turnaround, the trail loops back through the middle of the canyon and you can choose to take this way or double back on the same path you just took. The middle route doesn't have any petroglyphs so we did the backtrack option and were able to see quite a number that we'd missed on the way in. This section of the park had our favorite images!

Address: Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque, NM
Directions: See park website
Phone: 505-899-0205

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  • Written Jan 3, 2010
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  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    I've seen a lot of petroglyphs, but never one like that in the main photo! Cool!


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