Petroglyph National Monument is a national park and is one of North America's largest petroglyphic sites. It is an archaeological site that has thousands of prehistoric Native American etchings on stone walls. Petroglyph National Monument contains patterns and symbols that Native Americans and Spanish settlers carved into volcanic rocks 400 to 700 years ago. This monument of 7,244 hectares is based on a collaboration with the National Park Service. Petroglyph National Monument has 20,000 petroglyphs and provides the public with opportunities for leisure and education. Tourists are allowed to hike the trails from sunrise to sunset in the Volcanoes Day Use Area, Rinconada Canyon, and Piedras Marcadas Canyons. Rinconada Canyon is a 2.2-mile hike. The total area of the trail is 7,532 acres of land area.
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PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT REVIEWS
Very nice trail to go for a hike/walk. However, there are no trees thus no shade (besides a couple of shade structures), so plan accordingly. Initial leg of the trail is pretty smooth gravel trail (probably wheelchair accessible), but later parts (including going up the volcano) has some rough spots, nothing terrible, but watch your footing.
This is a nice visit, I did this on a Spring day in April because there is absolutely no shade at the top on the 3 mile round trip trail to the top of the volcano. There are many petroglyphs that are visible. The contrast between the black basaltic rocks and the grass is quite remarkable.
An interesting place. While you can definitely find a sense of peace and place in this park, several hiring trails are adjacent to housing complexes! It makes for interesting juxtaposition of an ancient indigenous site and contemporary living.
La Luz Trailhead is one of the most popular path trails in Albuquerque. The total length of the trail is 15.2 miles and the trail is generally considered an easy trail route. The trail type is out and back type. The time taken to complete the total trail is 8 hours and 6 minutes. The mildly trafficked 2.3-mile trail loops below a canopy of cottonwood trees. The path leads from the hot desert landscape to the cool Canadian forest, one way for 7.5 miles. The elevation gain is 3,200 vertical feet. Visitors can take plenty of water and high-energy food and spend plenty of time for themselves. You can see the magnificent trees rising in the middle of the hike like ponderosa pine. You can experience the great views of Albuquerque. Here, dogs are welcome.
LA LUZ TRAILHEAD REVIEWS
Amazing trail! There are so many switchbacks that you don't feel miserable climbing up a mountain. Absolutely stunning, well-marked, and well-maintained. Be aware that snow lasts for a long time. I went in the middle of April and there was plenty snow and ice for the last couple miles.
A truly amazing (and challenging) hike with gorgeous and varied views the whole way. And then you can take the Sandia Tram down!
I like to hike the lower sections or even just sit and enjoy the incredible views. I like other trails better than La Luz because its so exposed and there's so many switchbacks, but the area is magnificent.
RIO GRANDE NATURE CENTER
The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is one of 35 state parks in New Mexico. Its mission is to preserve and protect the Rio Grande Bosque and educate about the Rio Grande ecosystem. The 38.8-acre park features ponds, gardens, and a visitor center. The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is adjacent to the river forest and hiking trails along the Rio Grande. The nature center features lectures, guided walks, and other educational events. The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park has excellent bird watching throughout the year, allowing visitors to encounter around 250 bird species, including roadrunners and wood ducks. The elevation gain of the trail is 3 to 6 feet. This valuable public resource is enhanced by a trail system along the river, demonstration gardens, and inside and outdoor wildlife-watching places.
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RIO GRANDE NATURE CENTER REVIEWS
The Rio Grande Nature Center is one of my favorite places in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is the perfect place to walk, bird watch, connect with nature, and learn about what the beautiful Bosque has to offer. Great place to take the family or enjoy by yourself. If you haven't already, I highly recommend visiting this wonderful ecosystem
Fun, educational place for all ages and abilities! Love to visit with family. Beautiful ponds with wildlife like ducks and turtles. Interesting educational displays. Kids room with nature activities. Easy access to walking paths in the Bosque. Plus a great little gift shop!
Had a great experience with the most friendly rangers walking us around and explaining everything. We did not see a ton of birds because we went a bit later in the day but enjoyed the experience.