Things To Do

Petroglyph National Monument

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

Concert: Native Flute Player

  • August 16, 2014
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Join writer and Native Flute Player Ron Hoskie for a traditional flute performance at the visitor center.

Lecture: Harry S. Truman

  • August 2, 2014
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

In 1935, Sophie Aberle, M.D., Ph.D., became Superintendent of the United Pueblo Agency becoming only the second woman to head an Indian agency in the United States. As such, she entertained many impo...

Lecture: How The Early Railroads Changed New Mexico

  • August 23, 2014
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Through photographs, maps and models, this presentation will trace the expansion of the Railroads in New Mexico from the "Race for Raton Pass" between the A.T. & S.F. and D.& R.G. ra...

Lecture: Old Wagon Road of Albuquerque's Westside

  • August 9, 2014
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Join us in traveling back to the 1870's along historic wagon roads running across the West Mesa area. These roadways provided access routes between the Rio Puerco communities and the Historic Rio Gra...

Sunday Hike: Volcanoes and Geology

  • August 10, 2014
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6001 Unser Blvd. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-452-5222
  • Admission: Free, pre-registration is required.

A 2 to 3 hour hike led by noted Volcanologists Larry Crumpler and Jayne Aubele of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Workshop: Santa Clara Black-Ware Pottery Demonstrations

  • August 30, 2014
  • Location: Petroglyph National Monument
  • 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
  • Phone: 505-899-0205
  • Admission: Free

Cultural demonstrator Robert Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo will demonstrate the art of making beautiful back-ware pottery decorated with intricately etched designs of bears, mountain lions, deer, and ...