Basic Information

Altitude approx. 5000 ft. Usually sunny and dry, with low relative humidity. Winter temperatures range from 45 to 50 degrees F. Summer temperatures range from 88-99 degrees F. 278 days of sunshine per year. Spring can be windy with 20 to 30 mph sustained winds which can produce periods of blowing sand and dust. For current weather forecast, Google Albuquerque weather.

Entrance Fees:

Boca Negra Canyon Parking Fees - $2.00

Automobiles and RVs: $1 weekdays or $2 weekends Commercial Buses: $25 for mini buses (seat 25 or less) $50 for full size motor coaches School Buses: call (505) 899-0205 x 332 for information There are no other fees charged in the monument.

Visitor Center

Information center only. No trails at the visitor center. The visitor center is located at the intersection of Unser Blvd. NW and Western Trail. From Interstate 40, take the Unser Blvd. exit (#154) and proceed north for 3 miles. GPS Lat: 35.1385 Long: -106.711


Petroglyph National Monument is a day-use park, which means the visitor center and each of the trailhead parking lots close at 4:30 pm. Boca Negra Canyon is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with last entry at 4:00 pm daily. Visitors are allowed to hike the trails at the Volcanoes Day Use Area, Rinconada Canyon, and Piedras Marcadas Canyons from sunrise to sunset by simply parking outside of the gated parking lots.

It is important to know that there are no 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 trailhead.) You do not need to go to the visitor center prior to your hike. If you opt to go to the visitor center it is located at the intersection of Unser Blvd. NW at Western Trail. Please click on the "Directions" link to find the correct driving directions and GPS way points to the visitor parking areas within the monument. The visitor center is located at GPS Lat: 35.139 Long: -106.711

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 4:30 pm.

Travel time through the park is at least 30 minutes to 4 hours, though the average visit is 1-2 hours.

Last updated: May 20, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Headquarters Administration Offices
6001 Unser Blvd. NW

Albuquerque, NM 87120


(505) 899-0205 x335

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