Petroglyph National Monument

  • black rocks with white colored stick people and circles drawn long ago



Petroglyph Information

Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites and features volcanic rock carved by Native American and Spanish settlers.

Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites and an estimated 25,000 images carved by native peoples and early Spanish settlers.

Many of the images are recognizable as animals, people, brands and crosses; others are more complex. Their meaning, possibly, may have only been understood only by the carver. These images are inseparable from the greater cultural landscape, from the spirits of the people who created them, and all who appreciate them.

Making an Impact

Visiting Petroglyph

three stick humans drawn by cavemen on black rock

Map of the Park

Petroglyph National Monument
6001 Unser Blvd. NW
Albuquerque , NM

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Stone trail marker
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