Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, NM had a lot of neat things to see. As with pretty much every monument or national park we visited on this trip, we left wishing we could stay longer. :)
Petroglyph National Monument is one of the largest sites for petroglyphs in North America. Across the 17-mile stretch of land there are five dormant volcanoes with roughly 24,000 images carved into the volcanic rock. Some of the images can be dated to the ancestral Pueblo tribes that lived in the area 3,000 years ago, and the most recent images were carved roughly 700 years ago by Spanish settlers. (Colonial graffiti? 🤔)
The Boca Negra Canyon trails only have about 100 petroglyphs, but some of the oldest can be seen here. It’s breathtaking being here in person, surrounded by history.
Also had time last week when I was in Albuquerque last week for a quick early morning hike in Petroglyph National Monument. Saw a rabbit trying to beat the heat (and hide from me), hummingbirds, and of course petroglyphs.
I can’t help but post animal photos, even when they’re no very good. It’s so fun to spot them while out adventuring, especially kinds you’ve never seen before.
Here’s a desert hare from Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico. It was worth braving the 100+ degree temperatures with no shade to see this guy.
#deserthare #petroglyphnationalmonument #newmexico #animalsinthewild
Petroglyph National Monument is one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. Ancestral Puebloans as well as Spanish settlers carved images onto basalt deposited from nearby volcanoes. They used stones to scratch away the desert varnish on the volcanic rocks to leave the images we can still see today, hundreds of years later. #petroglyphnationalmonument #findyourpark #albuquerque #petroglyphs
Petroglyph National Monument was authorized in 1990 to protect one of North America's largest collections of petroglyphs. The monument was authorized after several years of advocacy from local concerned citizens, native peoples, and others. There was deep concern among these groups to protect the petroglyphs from vandalism, including the use of the petroglyphs for target practice, that was increasing with the growing population of Albuquerque. #findyourpark #petroglyphnationalmonument #petroglyphs #albuquerque
Ancient art. Somewhere around 400 to 700 years old.