Petroglyph National Monument Warnings and Dangers

  • Wave to the people!
    Wave to the people!
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    This snake is not too scary
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    Destructive visitors

    by goodfish Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    Bullet holes (round grey chips in the rocks)
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    Because of its close proximity to the city and virtually free admission, vandalism is a huge problem for the park. Some of the rocks with ancient, sacred carvings have been used for target practice and still others defiled with modern graffiti. Sad. If you should see anyone willfully damaging park property, please report them to park authorities as soon as possible along with any information that may help them track down and prosecute the idiots.

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    Rules and Regs

    by goodfish Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Be nice to the park

    The rules are simple.
    Take nothing but pictures and leave no trace.
    Please don't touch the petroglyphs - oils from your hands can be damaging.
    Leave Rover at home (and not in a hot car!!!) - dogs aren't allowed on the trails.

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    Critters

    by goodfish Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Even though the park isn't exactly in the middle of nowhere, it's still desert territory and has its share of creepy-crawlies. This little fella is one of two types of millipedes native to the area and it's not unlikely that you'll run across one of his relatives. Desert and Slate millipedes (this is the more common Desert variety) are the desert's housekeepers - they keep it tidy by chowing down dead plants and animals. They are absolutely harmless unless you poke at or upset them - they'll let you know they're unhappy by emitting a nasty-smelling ooze that's toxic only if ingested.

    A variety of snakes also call the canyon home. Most of them are harmless too but keep your eye out for two types of rattlesnakes - Western Prairie and Western Prairie - that could be snoozing on the paths or rocks. They don't like people and will probably slither away when they hear you coming but if you see one, keep your distance and don't bother it. They like cool, shady spots in the heat of the day so don't go sticking your fingers down rodent burrows or under the rocks.

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    In civilization's backyard

    by goodfish Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Wave to the people!

    Because Petroglyph is one of the newer National Monuments (1990), bordering residential and industrial areas were already established so you're often within earshot of road noise. From this point on Mesa Point Trail in Boca Negra Canyon, you look right over this westside neighborhood. Let's just say that visitors come here for the petroglyphs and not for peace and quiet?

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    We are a mile high and quite dry .....

    by kymbanm Written Jul 11, 2005

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    See the heat >>>>

    Though Albuquerque is high desert, our altitude is about a mile high (5200 feet above sea level). Obviouslty, the mountains are higher than that. If you are from sea level, please keep that in mind - most every one feels tired until they adjust, and that feeling is intensified if you go hiking or rock climbing without being careful.

    We also tend to have very low humidity, so drink a ton of water. Current recommendations are an ounce of water per pound of body weight a day - so if you are 100 lbs, that would be 100 ounces of water. You can get by with drinking less, but keeping up on your water intake makes activity easier. Since it is so dry here, you don't obviously sweat and tend to forget you are loosing body water.

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    Lock your car

    by goodfish Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Thieves aren't sheepish

    The parking areas are spread out and not monitored so break-ins are a real possibility. Lock your car, take your valuables with you and stow anything that may be of interest out of sight.

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