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


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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 currently available at Boca Negra and Piedras Marcadas Canyons. Rinconada Canyon is scheduled to re-open to the public on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 09/07/2013, 09/08/2013

    Location: Visitor Center | Map Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM,8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Fee Information: free Contact Name: Ed Dunn Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 505.899.0205 x347

The Mata Ortiz pottery sale, sponsored by Western National Parks Association, will be held at the Visitor Center on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Hundreds of Mata Ortiz pots will be available and potters will be present to demonstrate their craft. A selection of Zapotec weavings from Teotitlan in Mexico, made with intricate designs and vibrant colors, and colorful wood painted animal figurines will also be available to purchase.

The story of the creation of this beautiful pottery began with a young man, Juan Quezada, upon his seeing the pottery created at the nearby prehistoric site of Casas Grandes or Paquime. His vision has led to the improvement of the lives of the many people of the village of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua. The pottery has become world-famous and the artistic talents of the people of Mata Ortiz are unparalleled.

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