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.
dogs on leash
The trails are very Sandy down in the canyon and lava rock in the way sometimes.
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
Fun easy hike for kiddos
It was really neat to see petroglyphs. Super hot for hiking, but the path is flat. Many rabbits and lizards crossed our path.
It was a great walk. I loved all of the petroglyphs!!
Pretty cool! Tons of petroglyphs. We climbed all over the rocks for hours. Great time.
Hiking not so great, petroglyphs were fabulous and make the trip totally worthwhile.
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.
It's okay. Nothing challenging, my grandma could do it.. But my grandmas a boss.
First time here, nice short trail, very hot here no shade.
If you live in or around Albuquerque, you should absolutely spend a morning (or afternoon) in this park. Take a friend.