A Landscape of Symbols Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.
We started around 3:30 and finished right at 5 when it closes. We brought two dogs and saw quite a few other people hiking the trail. Along the loop there are a lot of side trails you can take, and all the volcano trails are closed but we went up the first one and saw people at the top of all three. The view of Albuquerque and the Sandia mountains is incredible, everyone should do this hike at least once!
Hit up this trail with my husband and our 6-month-old in a baby carrier and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our weekend in Albuquerque. There are a surprising number of petroglyphs along this short route and the canyon felt otherworldly on the foggy morning that we were there. We were glad we hiked the trail clockwise so that we were rewarded with the most interesting features toward the end. We also avoided getting stuck behind a couple of groups this way, though there weren't too many people out to start with and most of those were trail runners.
This was a beautiful hike. I hiked it with my 3 children, one in a back pack carrier one on a bike and one hiking. my thoughts. unless you have a good bike and are experienced leave your bike at home there are parts that are a bit rocky. considering its volcanoes I'm not complaining. Definitely well marked for where to go for the hike there are parts you can get to that have great views.
I really liked this trail. Yes, it begins next to a community and you initially see the buildings off to your left, but quickly it becomes its own little world and you are on your own on the sandy trail.
I chose this trail because it was less populated (and less graffitied) than the main petroglyphs trail in the national monument, and I am so glad I did. I saw only one other person.
There were 6 petroglyph locations in all. It wasn't too hard to find them (although they might not be spotted if you're not paying attention). However, each had its own marker and description.
The trail itself isn't well marked but I don't think it's possible to get very lost. I only made a slight wrong turn trying to find my initial entry point.
I did this trail in August and loved it. I saw my first petroglyph and roadrunners. I also saw jack rabbits.
I thought this trail was really cool- I mean how many places offer volcano hikes? It was very easy and well labeled although a number of the off trails were closed for restoration.
The hike took you to the summit where the vantage point was great. I also saw some lizards and rabbits on the way!
I went in August and saw only one other person with a dog the whole time.