Trip Start May 09, 2009
96Trip End May 27, 2010
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Petroglyph Nat'l Monument is located along Albuquerque's West Mesa, a volcanic basalt escarpment. The monument includes and protects five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites and an estimated 25,000 petroglyphs (drawings carved in rock) made by ancient Pueblan people. Because we only had a couple of hours to spend, the park ranger recommended that we hike the Rinconada Canyon trail that follows the northern escarpment and provides views of a variety of petroglyphs
I've included photos of only a small portion of the many petroglyphs we saw. Some were quite simple, while others more complex. Many were hard to spot with only casual glancing so we climbed into some of the rockfalls to search them out. Even so, I'm sure we missed a lot of them. Unfortunately, modern-day humans have added their own drawings to the ancient ones. In some cases, park officials have scratched out the modern carvings, but they left some signatures from some hikers who were on the trail in 1919 - long before this became a protected area.
We enjoyed our hike and look forward to coming back to the Albuquerque area sometime in the future and exploring more of what it has to offer.