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Petroglyph National Monument–Boca Negra Canyon

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Petroglyph National Monument
Boca Negra Canyon

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120
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Petroglyph NM–Boca Negra Canyon
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About Boca Negra Canyon
Open 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily. Last entry at 4:00 pm is strictly enforced.

This unit of Petroglyph National Monument is owned, staffed, and managed by the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division. There is a $2 parking fee on weekends and a $1 parking fee on weekdays.

Located off of Unser Boulevard, 0.25 miles north of MontaƱo Road, this canyon provides quick and easy access to three self-guided trails, (Mesa Point, Macaw, and Cliff Base) where you can view approximately 100 petroglyphs. The combined walking time is approximately 1 hour. Although each trail is very short, they vary in difficulty as follows: Mesa Point – strenuous, Macaw – moderate, Cliff Base – moderate.
From Boca Negra Canyon webpage

About Petroglyph National Monument
Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.

Petroglyph National Monument has much more to offer than the cultural resources for which it is so well known. Various types of wildlife utilize this narrow corridor, some in transit during migration, others for their entire lifespan. Plants, birds, insects, and animals, all are part of the ecosystem that Petroglyph holds in this tiny strip of land and all will eventually encounter the millipedes of Petroglyph National Monument.

Another less popular but well-known resident of the monument is the rattlesnake. This landscape is home to several varieties, please be careful when you are visiting the monument. Follow this link for some guidelines about dealing with our legless friend, the snake.

These remnants of erupting volcanoes, which produced the basalt that became the canvas for people for thousands of years, stand starkly against the western horizon. A moderate hike will take you partway up some of these volcanic cones. Be sure to stay on the trails. It takes decades for this fragile volcanic landscape to recover from a single footstep.

While hiking in the Monument, you will notice a wide range of native desert plants.
From Petroglyph National Monument webpage