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Petroglyph National Monument

One of Albuquerque's most enjoyable recreational attractions is the 17-mile-long (27km) stretch of escarpment of the West Mesa, entered from Unser Boulevard, that is a treasure-trove of more than 25,000 prehistoric and historic rock carvings or petroglyphs, some dating as far back as 2,000 years.

Maps and information regarding the geology and history of the area are available from the Las Imágenes Visitor Center. Hikers can follow various trails to explore the Boca Negra Canyon, or join rangers on scheduled walks during the summer months. Picnic areas, drinking water and restroom facilities are provided.

Website: www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm

Telephone: (505) 899-0205

Opening times: Visitor Centre: daily 8am-5pm.

Admission: Boca Negra Canyon parking fee: $1 weekdays, $2 weekends. There is no charge for other areas within the Monument.