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Although traces of Native American culture can be found throughout the monument, it is of course best known for the over 20,000 petroglyphs (images pecked or carved into rock) that can be viewed there.  Five volcanic cinder cones on the West Mesa of Albuquerque produced the basalt boulders that were the rough canvas for these amazing petroglyphs.  The Visitors Center, once a homestead-era traditional adobe home, is the best place to start your visit.




  • Hiking - view the panels of petroglyphs that the monument is named for and take in the scenic desert views

  • Peculiar and unique petroglyphs, including the circular petroglyphs

  • Extinct volcanos and their geologic evidence

  • Various desert plant and animal life, including the Western Rattlesnake




The monument’s visitor center is located on the westside of Albuquerque, NM. From I-40 take the Unser Blvd. exit (#154) and proceed north 3 miles to the Western Trail. Turn Left or west onto Western Trail and follow the road to the visitor center.


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