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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
  • Handicap Accessible: Limited
  • Hours of Operation: 8:00am - 4:30 pm
  • Miles to Airport: 14.00
  • Motorcoach/RV Parking: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes

Along with his band, Cumulonimbus, writer and native flute player Ron Hoskie will talk about the history of the native american flute and play songs for your enjoyment

  • June 20, 2015
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Gabe "Yellowbird" Trujillo continues the Cochiti Pueblo reputation for fine drummaking. Historically drums were made for ceremonial and trade purposes but today Gabe carefully crafts his dru...

  • June 13, 2015 - June 14, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Josephine Toya, daughter of Dolores, has created pottery for years. Taught by her mother, Josephine has perfected petite Corn Maidens, wedding vases, and jars using traditional materials and technique...

  • May 23, 2015 - May 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

The Spanish also introduced the Pueblo to the horno, a beehive shaped earth oven they learned about from the Moorish/North African culture. Many hornos can be seen in the yards of Pueblo households as...

  • June 21, 2015
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Over 100 groups around the world in over 20 counties will be participating a global solar observing event called International SUN-day. Viewing scopes will be available on our visitor center patio.

Join archaeologist Ron Fields in discovering WWII history as it relates to Albuquerque and Petroglyph National Monument's surrounding landscape. Ron will also discuss how and why these historic war ar...

  • June 20, 2015
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Learn about the Land of Enchantment from Chautauqua speaker Ms. Mary Diecker. You'll learn about New Mexico's good guys, bad guys, ladies and those "not so" ladies. It's the people, places, ...

Open Space archaeologist, Dr. Matthew Schmader, will present new findings at Piedras Maracadas Pueblo of Coronado's attack of one of the largest of the Rio Grande pueblos.

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...

  • June 13, 2015
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

This play is based on Cabeza de Vaca's autobiography and portrays a story completely opposite to the Black Legend of la Conquista. Shipwrecked in Florida, suffering as slaves of native tribes, both ...

Regional artist Diana Molina will present an eclectic multifaceted portrayal that embodies the spirit of New Mexico's heritage through symbols and iconography, sometimes with a distinctly modern twist...