Protecting one of North America’s largest petroglyph sites, Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico showcases designs and symbols carved into volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400-700 years ago. Located along Albuquerque's West Mesa, the monument includes 7,236 acres where visitors can view images that are an important record of cultural expression and that have great spiritual significance for Native Americans and those who descended from the early Spanish settlers.
Images within the monument include animals, people, and crosses, along with some that are more complex. It is believed that the monument includes about 24,000 different images. The monument also protects natural resources, including five volcanic cones and is divided into four major sites that can be accessed by those who visit; Boca Negra Canyon, Rinconada Canyon, Piedras Marcadas Canyon and the Volcano Day Use trails.
Petroglyph National Monument offers visitors the chance to look through a window into the area’s history and culture, as well as opportunities for recreation and to take in the beauty of the area, all within easy access of a major city.