Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Petroglyph National Monument
The return trail just cuts across the sandy flats which wasn't particularly exciting. It might be better to just turn around and follow the escarpment back. You're almost guaranteed to see petroglyphs that you didn't see on the way out. It took me about and hour and a half to this 2 mile hike with a few side trips into the boulders. There is no shade. Start early as possible this time of year and even though it's a short walk, bring water. Dogs are allowed, but the one I saw didn't seem very happy. It was getting a little too hot. Cooler months would be more suitable for our canine friends. Also, be forewarned,it is imperative that you pick up after your dog( there are many signs reminding you of this as well). The parking area has a bathroom for humans. There is no fee at this trail but at the nearby Boca Negra trail, it costs one dollar to park your vehicle. After I finished my hike I went to visitor center just down the road. I got directions to the Boca Negra trail and proceeded on my way. Although this trail may be the monument's premier attraction, it wasn't meant to be for me that morning. As I approached the parking area, which was already nearing capacity, I could see several large groups milling about, ready to start the hike. I estimated I would be sharing the trail with upwards of 50 people. I turned around. I'll save that one very early start on another visit to Albuquerque. The monument is open for exploring beyond the designated trails,but be prepared, even though the city is close by, this is a harsh desert environment.