Why You Need to Visit the Petroglyph National Park

A city steeped in history, Albuquerque, New Mexico is filled with one-of-a-kind historic sites and attractions.  One spot you won’t want to miss while you’re visiting is the Petroglyph National Park.  This is an area dedicated to preserving the ancient stone drawings, known as petroglyphs, that were created by some of this region’s earliest inhabitants.  Discover how to have an adventure at this iconic part of Albuquerque and add it to your vacation itinerary today.  

Everything You Need to Know about the Petroglyph National Park

Location and Hours

The Petroglyph National Monument is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. all year long (with the exceptions of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day).  Stop by the Visitors’ Center first when you get here to get a map of all the trails and features of the area.  A gated parking lot is available here as well.  There is no entrance fee for this park, but there is a parking fee if you wish to park by the Boca Negra Canyon.  

History of the Petroglyph National Park

The Petroglyph National Monument history can be traced back about 400-700 years ago.  Ancestors of today’s Pueblo people created these ancient drawings on countless rock surfaces by using tools such as chisels and hammers.  These drawings were primarily made to represent their sacred beliefs and religion.  Others were used to symbolize certain tribes or messages.  However, some of these symbols are still unrecognized by historians today and remain a mystery to anyone who visits. 

Things to Do at the Petroglyph National Park

This area is filled with several hiking trails for you to explore while you’re here.  As you travel along these paths, you’ll be treated to numerous sights of these ancient drawings.  The Rinconada Trail is a favorite of many visitors as it offers views of over 300 different petroglyphs.  The Piedras Marcadas Canyon is another great trail.  Its short length and easy to moderate level of difficulty make it a wonderful option for hikers of all ages and skill levels.  You can also spend time in one of the day use areas here that feature hiking trails and scenic overlooks.  

What to Bring

There isn’t much coverage at this park, so be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.  You’ll be doing a good amount of walking, so comfortable shoes are also a necessity.  Binoculars are recommended as well since some of the petroglyphs are hard to spot from a distance.  

Come Stay with Us at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town!

After a wonderful day of experiencing one of Albuquerque’s most intriguing historic sites, take some time to unwind in comfortable and convenient accommodations.  The Bottger Mansion of Old Town is a historic  bed and breakfast in Albuquerque offering lovely rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our shady courtyard.  You will love your time in our beautiful oasis of New Mexico, so check our availability and book your stay today!

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