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Petroglyph National Monument

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Petroglyph National Monument is alive with the sights & sounds of the high desert- a hawk spirals down from the mesa top, a roadrunner dashes into fragrant sage, a desert millipede traces waves in the sand.

The monument contains more than 20,000 images pecked in stone. Some are recognizable as animals, people or crosses & other more mysterious. All are inseparable form the landscape & from the spirits of the people who created them. The images carved onto these black rocks provide an opportunity for people today to share the cultures of those who long ago inhibited & traveled through the Rio Grande Valley.

Amenities
  • Admission: Yes
  • Days Open: 362 Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day
  • Hours of Operation: 8:00am - 4:30 pm
  • Miles to Airport: 14.00
  • Motorcoach/RV Parking: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Limited

  • May 7, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Chispa blends the fiery sounds of bossa nova, bolero, tango, samba, and mambo to celebrate the lively rhythms and sounds of Latin America. The members of Chispa are Bonnie Schmader (flute), Vic Romane...

  • May 28, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Musical performances from different eras by Miguel Duran and Rubin Hernandez.

  • May 21, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Ron Hoski and his group will perform Native American flute music on the visitor center patio.

  • July 9, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Beginning with the transformation of ancient watersheds into the present-day river, this one-hour presentation traces the history of settlement, agriculture and water development in New Mexico, Colora...

  • July 16, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Mayor Clyde Tingley was an extraordinary man. As a New Deal Governor, Tingley brought New Mexico into the modern era. Governor Tingley built highways, the first municipal airport, dams, over 700 schoo...

  • June 4, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Pueblo People have rich musical traditions that date back thousands of years. Several types of musical instruments have been in continuous use and others have been long forgotten. Join Marlon Magdalen...

  • June 11, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Songs are documents of American life which tell a lot about what ordinary people of the time found interesting, and how they felt about these developments. Ms. Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne are expert p...

  • July 23, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Sit back and relax while listening to Nimbus play their style of Native American music.

  • June 25, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Come along with mountain man James Ohio Pattie as he encounters New Mexico in 1824. Endure the hardships and unforeseen dangers while traveling through the prairies, deserts, mountains and valleys of ...

  • July 2, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Conflict is inevitably part of all world cultures, and in the American Southwest people have developed certain ways of dealing with conflict. This presentation will examine the history and technology ...

  • May 20, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free, reservations are required

Classical music by David Felberg and Chatter musicians representing Petroglyph National Monument and the Centennial of the National Park Service.

  • June 11, 2016 - June 12, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

For centuries, Pueblo women and men have made bread, a main diet staple, for their families. Before the arrival of the Spanish, the Pueblo cooked a corn-based flat bread on a slab of heated rock or it...

  • July 16, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

For centuries, Pueblo women and men have made bread, a main diet staple, for their families. Before the arrival of the Spanish, the Pueblo cooked a corn-based flat bread on a slab of heated rock or it...

  • June 25, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: $25

Join local expert flint knappers Otis Price and Petroglyph's Archaeologist Ron Fields for this exciting workshop that will let you peer into prehistoric technology of the southwest. During this worksh...

  • June 18, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Join us for this special day and earn your junior ranger patch while participating in several activities including shell necklace making, solar observations and visiting with a live raptor!

  • July 2, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Abraham Lincoln is known in American history for abolishing slavery and for the Gettysburg Address but did you know that he was the first President to acknowledge the sovereignty of New Mexico's 19 Pu...

  • July 9, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Along with his band, Nimbus, writer and native flute player Ron Hoskie will talk about the history of the Native American flute and play Native American style music for your enjoyment.

  • May 21, 2016 - May 22, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Hosted in partnership with Hubbell Trading Post in Arizona, Western National Parks Association and Petroglyph National Monument will present a show and sale of Navajo Rugs on Saturday, May 21 and Sund...

  • June 4, 2016
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Mr. David Westerfield, former APS educator and park volunteer, will present this program on the history of the expansion of the railroads throughout New Mexico which largely contributed to the state's...

  • May 28, 2016 - May 30, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Cultural demonstrator Caroline Lovato of Santo Domingo Pueblo weaves turkey feathers and rabbit fur blankets in addition to making beautiful shell inlay Indian Jewelry accented with silver and turquoi...