• Petroglyphs and volcanic escarpment view from the Mesa Point trail at Boca Negra Canyon.

    Petroglyph

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Visitors & GPS Users: Please go to the Visitor Center (Unser at Western Trail)

    To find the visitor center please use the coordinates provided in the 'Directions' link. Otherwise you will get lost driving in various neighborhoods that surround the monument. Do not go to Headquarters (6001 Unser Blvd.) it is not designed for visitors. More »

  • See petroglyphs at Boca Negra & Piedras Marcadas Canyons

    Petroglyph viewing is available at Boca Negra and Piedras Marcadas Canyons. Rinconada Canyon is temporarily closed due to trail collapse and unsafe trail conditions. Per Superintendent's Order: T36 CFR 1.5(f).

Boca Negra Canyon Trails

Boca Negra Canyon Entrance Sign

Day Use Area

Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily.

A parking fee of $1 weekdays and $2 weekends is charged by the City of Albuquerque. Valid Federal Lands passes (Annual, Senior, & Access) are honored. Commercial bus fees do apply. Call (505) 873-6620 for commercial rates.

Located off of Unser Boulevard, ¼ mile north of Montaño Road, this canyon provides quick and easy access to three self-guided trails, (Mesa Point, Macaw, and Cliff Base) where you can view 200 petroglyphs. Combined walking time is approximately 1 hour.

Boca Negra Canyon Trail Map

Additional Information

 
Boca Negra Canyon with Entrance Station
 

This is the monument's only fully developed area. Restroom facilities, shade, and a drinking fountain are provided for your convenience. An wheel chair accessible view scope is available on the patio adjacent to the restroom facility.

Boca Negra Canyon is a 70 acre section of the 7,236 acres within the monument boundaries. Approximately 200 petroglyphs can be viewed here. The three trails offer a diverse view of the cultural and natural landscape within the monument.