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Piedras Marcadas Canyon is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 180 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Views Wild flowers Rocky No shade
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This interesting landscape features sandy trails with lava rocks and petroglyphs.

Parking lot is nice enough. Lock up valuables. While rare, car break ins do happen. No bathroom at this time.

From I-25 North go to Paseo Del Norte and go west to Golf Course Rd. Once there, turn right onto Golf Course Rd and get into the left lane and go just a couple blocks or so till you see Jill Patricia Street NW on your left and turn onto it (you'll see Sonic on the Right). Jill Patricia is also before a small shopping center and enters a subdivision. Just behind the Shopping Center you should see a parking area on the right for the Petroglyph National Monument. Park and head into the Monument. You'll be going between Subdivisions at first.

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Matthias Pleil
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Rick Huguenin
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A nice petroglyph loop

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Jeff Conner
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Clisby White
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Soooo many petroglyphs to see if you have a good eye. Ropes guide you along this flat and sandy loop trail but they do keep you at an unfortunate distance from the rocks. I was there at the end of July in triple digit temps which was rough but outside of summer time this would be doable for just about anyone. There are no trees here so no shade - keep that in mind for the summer months.

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Lisa Ashcraft
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HikingGreat!

Easy hike with great petroglyphs. Very kid friendly. I would bring binoculars next time.

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Sherronimo & Joshuway Hiking Adventures
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HikingGreat!

Very easy! Fun to see all the petroglyphs. Expect sand in shoes

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Victoria Bayliss
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Fadluky User
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I didnt like it much had to walk off the trail to have some fun.

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Matthias Pleil
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Gabriel Charlifue
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Great sandy trail wirh enough flat, firm ground below for the most part. No elevation gain. Just make sure you leave the trailhead by 9:30am to avoid the heat.

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Selina Wang
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David Melia
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HikingGreat!

I’d say this is a great trail to get out real quick especially if you need to walk your dog!

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Lizzy C
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HikingNo shade

Don’t be a jerk - stay on the designated trail.

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Brianna & Tony
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grown
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Matthias Pleil
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sandy trails and some rocky parts. superb petroglyphs, bring a camera and a lot of water. Hat, spf 50 clothes recommended.

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Eric Linnell
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Once you find the trail head it’s super easy to follow. This trail was a little less lined by wire and stakes. There is quite a bit however some places it stops and allows for close up looks at the petroglyphs. Very amazing to see these and struck me full of wonder. Hot and dry with no shade. Pack water. Prepare for sandy shoes as well.

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Sharon Ruedeman
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Super easy, I went early in the morning before it got too hot and saw a lot of magical hummingbirds.

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Joni Dischner
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HikingNo shade

This is the easiest petroglyph trail that I’ve found. Well marked and fairly level sandy paths the whole trail. There are a lot of nice petroglyphs to see, and they are spread out over the whole trail, There isn’t any shade, but the hike is not strenuous in the least. I came unexpectedly and unprepared after work in my leather ballet flats and had no problems finishing the trail (I did have water, which I recommend bringing). Saw a lot of wildlife: lizards, hares, and even hummingbirds.

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Nick Hund
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highly recommend, great seeing so many petroglyphs! Kid friendly too, not very busy for a Saturday morning.

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Danielle English
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Easy trail

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Erik Neumann
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Abigail Carbajal
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So sandy, felt like I was walking up to a beach! Very nice short walk with great city views

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Yehoon Ahn
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i like the upper part, great view.

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NATHANIEL JACQUEZ
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Great little trail for the dogs and I. Walk it early if you don’t want any other foot traffic. Lots of petroglyphs rabbits and even seen a roadrunner. Thank not 4 out of 5 stars cause my lady wasn’t with me.

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Alisha Hovis
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Trail isn’t marked if you go up the side haha but good hike!

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Krys Jara
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nice easy hike.

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Adrienne Renner
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HikingNo shade

Entire trail was sandy! Trail weaves in and out and branches off of itself so it is sometimes a bit tricky to know which way to go! Otherwise petroglyph viewing was amazing! More petroglyphs than other trails in the monument and much less crowded!

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