Petroglyph National Monument: Piedras Marcadas Canyon

EASY 37 reviews

Petroglyph National Monument: Piedras Marcadas Canyon is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, NM that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from February until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles 135 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

The trails are very Sandy down in the canyon and lava rock in the way sometimes.

27 days ago

1 month ago

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.

Pretty boring. Surrounded by neighborhood. Great if you have small children

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

loved it

2 months ago

Fun easy hike for kiddos

2 months ago

Cute

3 months ago

It was really neat to see petroglyphs. Super hot for hiking, but the path is flat. Many rabbits and lizards crossed our path.

6 months ago

walking
7 months ago

It was a great walk. I loved all of the petroglyphs!!

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty cool! Tons of petroglyphs. We climbed all over the rocks for hours. Great time.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Hiking not so great, petroglyphs were fabulous and make the trip totally worthwhile.

10 months ago

10 months ago

11 months ago

It is a short loop with many petroglyphs. If you time it right and climb up to the top of the hill from the main trail it is a great place to watch the sunset. There are some scrub bushes that may scratch you legs if you're wearing shorts and venture off the main trail. It's a nice place for a short hike to see the petroglyphs and not have to hike out to wilderness. Of course being close to the city is also a detractor for many.

hiking
1 year ago

It's okay. Nothing challenging, my grandma could do it.. But my grandmas a boss.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

First time here, nice short trail, very hot here no shade.

hiking
1 year ago