More than 20,000 prehistoric and historic Native American and Hispanic petroglyphs (images carved in rock) stretch 17-miles along Albuquerque's West Mesa escarpment. Associated archeological sites provide important chapters in a 12,000 year- long story of human life in the Albuquerque area. Authorized June 27, 1990. Acreage: 1749, federal; 4,517, non-federal.
Las Imágenes Visitor Center Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. daily. Boca Negra Unit: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Rinconada Canyon:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Volcanoes: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Park
is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
How to Get to Petroglyph National Monument
What's the Nearest Airport to Petroglyph National Monument - Nearest commercial airport at Albuquerque, NM.
How to Drive to Petroglyph National Monument -Visitors traveling on I-40 take Unser Boulevard exit north three miles to park visitor center; five miles north to Boca Negra Unit.
Weather & Climate
High desert, elevation: 5,000'+. Mild most of the year. Hot and dry summers, with periods of rain from July through September. Average high temperature; 93 degrees. Winter days can be cold. Hiking boots, sunscreen, and a hat recommended. Carry water.
At the present time, only the Las Imágenes Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible.
Activities and More Information
Visit park visitor center (approx. 15 minutes). Thirty minutes to one hour for petroglyphs at Boca Negra Canyon. Two to three hours for leisurely visit to Rinconada Canyon and other petroglyph areas in park.
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