Day: August 8, 2008

Petroglyph National Monument

On our first day headed west, we spent most of the day in the air getting to Albuquerque, but did arrive in time to walk a bit around Old Town and then visit Petroglyph National Monument.  Our time in Old Town was spent eating some good New Mexican food and taking photographs.  We’ve included one below by Claire that we all enjoyed. After leaving Old Town, we drove out of Albuquerque a short way to visit the Petroglyph National Monument.  Most readers will know that Petroglyphs are Native American sacred art – images etched in stone that may date from 2,000 – 3,000 years ago according to the NPS brochure.  The landscape itself is amazing.  This is a 17 mile mesa created by volcanic eruptions which left striking basalt boulders.  The images were then etched into these boulders – some 20,000 in all with the majority made 400 to 700 years ago.  On our hike to the top of the mesa, we took countless close-ups of the petroglyphs.  These are wonderful works of art and we couldn’t …