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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

Take a musical adventure through a thousand years of the great American West, from the time of the Anasazi to the Atomic Age. Like the ancient Indians, cowboys, trappers, and traders of the past, we'l...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6001 Unser Blvd. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Nongame Avian Biologist Margaret "Peggy" Darr of the Department of New Mexico Game and Fish will present this power point program on climate change and its affects on New Mexico's migratory ...

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

Capitán Rafael Chacón was witness to the most significant events in the formation of modern New Mexico, from the U.S. invasion of 1846 to statehood in 1912. At the age of 13, he commande...

  • 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, ...

  • July 29, 2015
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Musician Dana Falconberry, who is well-known for her songwriting that focuses on themes of nature, will perform a few songs along with her band.

  • July 18, 2015
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

New Mexico faced many obstacles, both internal and external, to winning its official status as a state. This lecture, illustrated with photos and documents from the time period, surveys the history of...

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 ...

  • August 1, 2015
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Back from the past (and portrayed by park volunteer Barbara Gustafson,) Dr. Sophie Aberle, noted anthropologist and medical doctor whose former residence is the present-day visitor center, will be &qu...

  • July 11, 2015
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Sangre de Cristo, Custer Mountain, Chi-Chi-tah, Mogollon--such intriguing names, rich with anecdotes and folklore. But place names also offer unique insights into the history and values of the state`s...