20,000 Petroglyphs!

Petroglyph National Monument Entrance

Petroglyphs are Carved on Boulders at West Mesa

Variety of Petroglyphs on Black Volcanic Boulder

Petroglyphs of Scarlet Macaws (bottom parrot is in cage)

Petroglyphs of Twin Parrots, Eagle Tail Headdress with Arrow, and Star

Petroglyphs of Human Figures

Petroglyph of Mountain Lion

Petroglyph of Yucca Seed Pod

There are over 20,000 petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument! This incredible site near Albuquerque has an amazing variety of images carved on its black volcanic rock. The most surprising petroglyphs on view are macaws. Ancient trade routes brought live parrots up from Mexico to the American Southwest.  The birds were often traded for turquoise, buffalo hides, and turkeys.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

9 Responses to 20,000 Petroglyphs!

  1. magsx2 says:

    Just amazing drawings on the rocks, great photos. 🙂

  2. Elisa says:

    I learned something new today! Interesting about the macaws…thanks for sharing this!


  3. I sense your excitement. The petroglyph sites nearest to Austin (where I am) are a 5- or 6-hour drive to the west, so I don’t often go there, but I’ve found the places intriguing when I have visited. Lots of opportunities for pictures, as you know.

    Steve Schwartzman

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