Thursday, May 5, 2011

Petroglyph National Monument

We visited what I believe to be our 22nd National Park/Monument when we stopped by Petroglyph National Monument near Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is a great little stop because there are tons of Petroglyphs to see. A Petroglyph is an ancient native rock carving or drawing.

Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including volcanoes, archeological sites and an estimated 24,000 carved images. Many of the images are recognizable as animals, people, brands and crosses; others are more complex. We have seen Petroglyphs a couple of times before, but not in these numbers. There were tons of them.

We went on a couple of different hikes and the boys enjoyed hunting for them and trying to decipher them. Of course we saw some more modern Petroglyphs, like peace signs and Johnny loves Suzy, which are strictly forbidden and pretty classless in our opinion.

The junior ranger program at this park is one of funnest we have done and the boys got a badge and a patch! Definitely a place to stop if you find yourself in the area!

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