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    Very cool. Pictures from 700 years ago pop out at you from the rocks. The feeling of centuries of history is palpable.

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    The Petroglyph National Monument far exceeded my expectations. It is absolutely beautiful! The petroglyphs are in pristine condition. There is no grafitti or other markings on the volcanic rocks. I loved it!

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    Not that good. The visitor center is great, but the monument is hard to find and there are very few petroglyphs. Hike wasn’t that bad.

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    The thing is, know that the visitors Center is just a place to start and the staff here are great for that! Aside from the visitors center, there are 4 distinct, different trail loop locations. I visited Piedras Marcadas Canyon and did not see any graffiti. Finding the parking lot is surreal, located immediately behind a strip mall at the SW corner of Golf Course & Paradise Hills. Go east from here and there is a small parking lot with signage. The hike took me about 2 hours at a very leisurely pace – but the “trail” is sandy and largely not defined by rows of rocks, paved surface, or anything so formal as that. There are signs at key locations, but this is New Mexico. We have a distinctly under-developed infrastructure. And, us New Mexicans, we like it that way. If you ever spent time as a child living in a subdivision with acres of sandy foothills behind, (i.e. Southern California, Phoenix) exploring and making your own adventure trails… add ancient primitive rock paintings and THAT is the feel of the Petroglyphs. And, I like that! Feeling like a kid again.PS: We are high desert – it’s TOO HOT in the summer after 11am. The best time to go is early morning in Summer or mid-day in Fall & Winter. Spring can be windy, with blowing sand – not much fun.

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    It’s a cool spot but you need to know what you’re getting into. This is a quick walk through the desert. You’re walking through sand and there isn’t any shade to be found. There are some cool petroglyphs to check out especially if you’re willing to scramble up the hill a bit. The downside is that there is a lot of graffiti. It’s a bummer to see an ancient petroglyph and then a smiley face scratched into the rock right next to it. Overall it is a cool experience if you can focus on appreciating the history that still remains.