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Best trails in Petroglyph National Monument

1428 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Petroglyph National Monument ranging from 0.6 to 13.5 miles and from 5,177 to 5,984 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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. Please Note: Bicycles are ONLY allowed at the following locations: • On the Boca Negra Canyon paved multiuse path; bicycles must remain on the paved bike path. • On the crusher fine trail that winds in and out of the monument around the mesa top above Boca Negra Canyon; bicycles must remain on the crusher fine trail. Bicycles are not allowed on any other trail, administrative road, nor on areas within the utility corridors (i.e. powerline roads) within the monument.

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Map of trails in Petroglyph National Monument
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Contact
(928) 638-7805
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Top trails (8)
#1 - The Volcanoes Trail
Petroglyph National Monument
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Note: Trails heading to the volcanoes may be closed for restoration. Please check with the park page before attempting. Great vistas of Albuquerque and the Sandias, as well as some fantastic geologicShow more
#2 - Rinconada Canyon Trail
Petroglyph National Monument
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 58 m
Starting off from the trailhead you skirt along the right side of the canyon/mesa. Along the trail, you'll notice many petroglyphs etched into the dark rocks from various people groups and cultures raShow more
#3 - Piedras Marcadas Canyon
Petroglyph National Monument
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 56 m
This interesting landscape features sandy trails with lava rocks and petroglyphs.Show more
#4 - Boca Negra Canyon Trail
Petroglyph National Monument
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 18 m
A series of short trails in Albuquerque's Boca Negra canyon.Show more
#5 - Volcano and Petroglyph Trail
Petroglyph National Monument
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Length: 13.5 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
Volcano and Petroglyph Trail is a 13.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is prShow more
#6 - Mesa Point Trail
Petroglyph National Monument
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 8 m
Petroglyphs, panoramic views, and family-friendly The trail starts off at the base of the mesa. Once you begin the hike the trail climbs rapidly as you weave through boulders and switchbacks. From thShow more
#7 - Marcadas Canyon Short Loop
Petroglyph National Monument
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 44 m
Marcadas Canyon Short Loop is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarShow more
#8 - Cliff Base Trail
Petroglyph National Monument
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 45 m
Cliff Base Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and Show more