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


    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).

Event Details

  • 03/23/2013

    Location: Visitor Center Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Luke Fields Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 505.899.0205 x338

For all of human history people around the world have observed the motion of sunrises and sunsets moving from solstice to equinox to solstice to help plan their lives around seasonal change.  Now we can do this same observation but with the addition of safe devices such as solar scopes that allow us to directly and safely view and study the sun in detail never before possible.

From 11AM to 1PM MDT, Petroglyph National Monument and TAAS will have both white light filtered, single stack, and double stacked hydrogen-alpha filtered solar scopes for viewing the sun safely.  There will also be a kid's constellation program inside at noon, as well as the magnetic sun hands on activities where children can make their own UV detection bracelets.  No fees are associated with this program, and no reservations are required.  This event is weather contingent.  

For more information please call 505-899-0205 x.338.  No fees are associated with this event, nor are reservations needed