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.
Nature Trail & Walking
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.
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