Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument

Infobox protected area
name = Petroglyph National Monument
iucn_category = III

caption =
locator_x = 82
locator_y = 110
location = Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
nearest_city = Albuquerque, NM
coords = coord|35|8|9|N|106|45|43|W|type:landmark_region:US-NM|display=title,inline
area = 7,236 (29.28 km²)
established = June 27, 1990
visitation_num = 97,423
visitation_year = 2004
governing_body = National Park Service

Petroglyph National Monument stretches 17 miles (27 km) along Albuquerque, New Mexico's West Mesa, a volcanic basalt escarpment that dominates the city’s western horizon. Authorized June 27, 1990, the 7,236 acre (29.28 km²) monument is cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and the City of Albuquerque.

Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites and an estimated 25,000 images carved by native peoples and early Spanish settlers. Many of the images are recognizable as animals, people, brands and crosses; others are more complex. Their meaning was, possibly, understood only by the carver. These images are the cultural heritage of a people who have long since moved into other areas and moved on through history. The monument protects them for visitors to see and appreciate for generations to come.

External links

* [ National Park Service: Petroglyph National Monument]

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