• 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).

Plan Your Visit

The Basics

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 and/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.) The visitor center is located at the intersection of Unser Blvd. NW at Western Trail. Please click on the "Directions" link to find the correct driving directions to the visitor center since it does not have a physical street address.

While at the visitor center 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 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.