A Landscape of Symbols

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.


Crimson red chile ristras decorate the visitor center.

Every park adventure begins at the visitor center

Visitor center is open daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MST. Petroglyph viewing trails are 1-2 miles away. WNPA park store & federal land passes available.

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Historic animal brand petroglyph along the Mesa Point Trail.

Discover cultural symbols in Boca Negra Canyon

Walk 1 hour & see 100 petroglyphs on three paved trails. Open 8am-4:30pm daily. Parking fee of $1 M-F/$2 Sat & Sun. Restrooms, water & shaded seating.

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Bird petroglyph in Rinconada Canyon

Rinconada Canyon: The Path of the Ancestral Pueblo

Walk this trail into the back of the canyon and leave the city behind. Moderate dirt trail, 2.2 miles round-trip. No water. See up to 400 petroglyphs.

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