Explore the most popular birding trails in Petroglyph National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The best part of this hike was seeing a tarantula crossing the path. The petroglyphs we're interesting, but I didn't realize they were all drawn sporadically on boulders.

Nice Trail. Flat trails. Liked the petroglyphs. Saw a chipmunk.

Easy trail took 40 mins had to pay close attention just to notice petroglyphs

Pretty easy trail some wildlife

Quite fun!

The parking lot was well kept, no pay station. Trail head was well marked along with the trail. This mornings weather was cast over which was very beneficial cause the Petroglyphs were easy to spot. Can't wait to return to run this trail.

Nice walk through a canyon full of history. Easy stroll appropriate for all ages.

Beautiful oasis between rows of houses Be careful not to touch or climb onto the petroglyphs. They are everywhere.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice trail some trails blocked off. Main trail is good
Hiked to the top of the volcano at Vulcans loop me and the dog. The last 600 yds or so could be tricky. Loose rocks and soil. Would be very tricky if it was rainy or muddy. Watch the weather. About 2.5 miles in. Bring water.

Really good and tough ride!

It’s the fast version of the Petroglyphs.

Maybe a dozen or so to see on the way to the top.
View at the top is of local neighborhood and businesses.

Only recommend if you’re trying to see some carvings and don’t have much time.

hiking
2 months ago

Many petroglyphs here. Very interesting. Before I went there I thought these petroglyphs were created in thousands years before, but actually there were created for only hundreds years. I'm think is it possible that these petroglyphs are doodles of ancient children?

This is a nice desert walk. There are a few petroglyphs along the way and many at the halfway point. There are almost no inclines. This would be a great family hike. It also seems like it would be a nice jog. The rabbits that went bolting across the path were really fun to see. There is no water and no porta potties along the path, but there were bathrooms at the beginning.

There are parts of this walk that are accessible for people with disabilities. it is a nice way to get a few petroglyphs and views of Albuquerque if you have just a few minutes. I would definitely call this a walk, not a hike. It is a nice visit with small children or people with mobility issues.

Lots of petroglyphs and wildlife - jackrabbits, hummingbirds, glowers & assorted plant life. Easy walk.

Very easy, well marked, heavily trafficked, touristy road stop stroll i would say.

Not wheelchair nor stroller friendly. It is a desert hike without shade. Be prepared with water and good shoes. Petroglyphs are located in the back of the canyon so you should hike the entire 2.2 mile loop.

3 months ago

This trail is good if you only have a short length of time, or you don’t normally hike. I find the petroglyphs amazing to see, but it’s also very disappointing to see how much the rocks have been defaced.

hiking
3 months ago

Great boost for beginners. Good incline changes, uphill and downhill terrain. Easy to navigate. Bring water if you are hiking in the sun like I did. Got my heart rate up and had a great time. Beautiful views of the city.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy climb and hike. Lots of Petroglyphs and wildlife.

Easy hike, took me about 35 minutes. Petroglyphs are a little tough to see, but if you look up amongst the rocks, especially next to any of the markers, you'll see some cool ones. there is zero shade on this hike, so plan accordingly!

walking
3 months ago

It was interesting, quite sandy, I ended up with a lot of sand in my shoes, my dog made it half way, I ended up carrying my 35 pound dog back to the car. (no dog left behind

lots of petroglyphs along this trail to see. Great experience, just be ready for the heat. With the volcanic rock being black and no tree around it gets a little rough on a summer day.

Great look at the Petroglyphs and a beautiful view of Albuquerque if you climb up a bit off the main trail. Nice, easy hike with jackrabbits, hummingbirds and lots of wild flowers.

Lots of petroglyphs. Jackrabbits were frequently spotted. Because the trail isn't marked, it's unclear how close to the rocks you should get, but you could get right up to them (but shouldn't). This is evidently a favorite dog walking area.

Fun, easy trail. The view of the Sandias and the valley below them is very nice.

walking
4 months ago

Pretty cool!

Favorite of the petroglyph

Easy loop but interesting geology.

hiking
4 months ago

great easy trail

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