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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.

This trail is filled with petroglyphs but feels peculiar as it is so close to residential housing and retail. Well marked trail but easy to get off the trail to view the petroglyphs and views. Easy to navigate and a novice trail.

hiking
off trail
11 days ago

It was a great trail !! Enjoyed it all through !

hiking
rocky
scramble
23 days ago

Good walk, had my Girl Sophie out but definitely needed her shoes. Sharp lava rock all throughout but gives a beautiful view of the city from the topside.

on The Volcanoes Trail

hiking
no shade
25 days ago

This is an easy walk with a beautiful view of the Sandias. The trail is moderately trafficked. There is no shade so it is best to visit during the cooler months or in the evenings.

This is a decent outing but there aren’t that many petroglyphs easily visible. I’d recommend the Piedras Marcadas Canyon as the best, and the Boca Negra area as the second-best although it is quite short.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Nice trail. Too bad that they fenced off all close access to the art. Protection is of course needed,, but part of the fun hiking there in the past was finding a hidden and unexpected treasure

Very short, and a shame to see so much housing development so close to the historical sites, but a great hike regardless

Cool climb and interesting history behind this area. The views were amazing and the rock was cool..!

Interesting area and cool little climb to the top with some really amazing views..!

Very untraditional (= not Texan) hike today - big snow flakes flying right into our eyes and rocks were extremely icy and slippery. We tried to find petroglyphs, old indian images on rocks, but they were mostly covered by snow. But the highlight of the day for our little Texans was building a snowman Olaf, of course :) If not icy, this is a short and quite easy hike even with small kids.

Took my dog for a walk here today. Dog waste pickup bags are at the start of the trail. There were several filled poop bags left by people on the trail. C'mon people! Dispose of the waste you pick up rather than leaving the bag on the trail! No wonder dogs aren't welcome places!

The trail is marked with arrows. Easy footing but it is sandy. Saw several rabbits. Petroglyphs are visible and really stand out when the sun is right. It was an enjoyable, easy walk.

Easy trail with great views of the city and the Sandias. Good trail for friends and family not well acclimated to the altitude and the climate.

hiking
2 months ago

Flat and sandy, bring binoculars to see the petroglyphs that are far away.

2 months ago

Great view from the top!

Short trail but steep and lots of petroglyphs!!! very worth it

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little view from the top. Some nice petroglyphs along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is so short, I wasn't even sure if it was a trail or not. Description says 0.2 miles. It's more like 0.02 miles. Perhaps 200 feet.

hiking
2 months ago

Short and sweet. $1 entrance fee.

hiking
3 months ago

Neat trail at a neat National Monument. Lots of petroglyphs to look at. Easy walk in sand and no shade.

hiking
3 months ago

Took off 1 star for no trash cans on trail equals litter & alot of trails were closed.

During trip to NM 10/17...This was the safest trail for me in October 2017. I wanted so badly to do a higher one in the same location but given the ankle it wouldn't be a good idea. so Vida it is! Alone on the trail except for a raven... Something awe inspiring and spiritual about this place. BEAUTIFUL

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy trail with lots of petroglyphs. Took my dog with me, and she enjoyed it. Make sure to take water. Unfortunately, there is a lot of vandalism and fake petroglyphs. Some are obvious, but some are harder to tell if they are fake or real. I played it safe by only taking pictures of ones I knew were real because they were in the brochure!

hiking
4 months ago

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.

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