Petroglyph National Monument, NM

Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including volcanoes, archeological sites and an estimated 24,000 carved images.

After picking Heidi up at the airport we drove a mere 15 minutes to this site in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We had a short PB&J lunch before hiking in the blazing sun along the Riconada Canyon trail.

The trail follows a hillside littered with lava rocks and it is your job to look up and scout for petroglyphs. We found quite a few, but to a 4-year-old once you seen a handful you’ve seen them all. Trey lost interest pretty quickly (probably because a lot of his drawings are better than the ones we saw) and we then headed up to the Visitor Center where he completed and activity book to earn another Junior Ranger badge.


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