Petroglyph National Monument, west side of Albuquerque

Albuquerque has more petroglyphs than any other city in the world. Here Ancient Puebloans, without metal tools, carved thousands of images in the lava rocks on the Western escarpment of the valley. There are three different hiking trails. The once closest to the Visitor Center is Boca Negra. It has the highest concentration of rock carvings, and it also allows you to get very close to the images.

There is public artwork on Unser Road near the turnoff for the Boca Negra Trail.

Even the parking lot has photographic opportunities.

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Petroglyphs can be difficult to photograph. The sun has to be just right, and a background of the setting can add interest. Of the dozens of photographs we have taken of them over the years, this is our favorite.

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The monument has a biologist doing research on millipedes. Although you may see various creatures, respect their habitat, and they will leave you alone as well.

Another location is the Piedras Marcadas off of Golf Course Road. If you study this photo, you might find a figure with a headdress, a snake, turtles, a Kokopelli, various mammals, and a goose.


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