Attention GPS Users
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 »
Trail Closures due to trail restoration project
Per Superintendent's Order: T36 CFR 1.5(f), Rinconada Canyon and other side trails are closed until further notice due to an extensive trail restoration project. Inquire at visitor center for open petroglyph viewing trails. Thank you.
Plan Your Visit
Petroglyph National Monument is a day-use park, which means the visitor center and each of the trailhead parking lots close at 5:00 pm. Visitors are allowed to hike the Volcanoes, Rinconada or Piedras Marcadas Canyons from sunrise to sunset by simply parking outside of the gated parking lots.
Although we suggest that all visitors make their first stop at the visitor center, it is important to know that there are not any petroglyph viewing trails at the visitor center. (If you are being dropped off at the visitor center, please ask the driver to wait for you since you will need to be driven to the actual petroglyph viewing trail system.) Park staff will inform you of your trail options based on your timeframe and the degree of difficulty of the trail, then provide you with driving directions to the trail of your choice. Be sure to get your official park brochure and trail maps while there because you may not make it back by 5:00 pm.
Travel time through the park is at least 30 minutes to 4-5 hours, though the average visit is 1-2 hours. Look at the column to the left under Plan Your Visit then click on Brochures for descriptions and maps of the trails.