9 Trails In New Mexico That Will Lead You Straight To Ancient Petroglyphs

When we think of hiking, we often focus on escaping into nature. Although many of these paths offer panoramic views, they are primarily fascinating because they lead to petroglyphs. Walk back in time and study rock art, to discover how people from the past viewed our world.

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Many of these hikes lack shade, so bring a hat and water, and slather on that sunscreen. Petroglyph trails tend to be rocky and may involve a little climbing, so wear decent hiking shoes. For good measure, bring a pair of binoculars so you can get a good look at the less accessible rock art. (It shouldn’t have to be said, but please do not deface the artwork.)

Which petroglyph trail do you want to explore most?

You may also be interested in these New Mexico hikes that lead to ancient ruins or in Inscription Rock – a spot that travelers have graffitied for centuries!