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Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail

Petroglyph National Monument

Central New Mexico, New Mexico

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Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail

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  • View of the trailhead.- Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail
  • One of many petroglyphs along the Mesa Point Trail.- Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail
  • One of many petroglyphs along the Mesa Point Trail.- Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail
  • View from the beginning of the trail to the top of the mesa.- Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail
  • One of many petroglyphs along the Mesa Point Trail.- Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail
  • View looking toward the Sandia Mountains.- Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail
  • View looking to the west mesa.- Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail
  • One of many petroglyphs along the Mesa Point Trail.- Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail
  • View looking toward the Manzano Mountains.- Boca Negra Canyon: Mesa Point Trail
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Pros: 
Petroglyphs. Views of Albuquerque.
Cons: 
Busy.
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Region:
Central New Mexico, NM
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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The Mesa Point Trail is located in the Boca Negra Canyon Unit of Petroglyph National Monument. This canyon is home to approximately 100 petroglyphs. The Mesa Point Trail is approximately 300 yards and climbs the side of the canyon for a view of the city of Albuquerque once hikers arrive at the top of the mesa. Hikers should walk in a counterclockwise diretion to enjoy the many petroglyphs that can be seen from the trail. 

The petroglyphs are abundant and can’t be missed. Hikers should pay attention to the changing light as they walk, and a vantage point is the perfect spot to watch the petroglyphs reveal themselves on the black volcanic rock.  

From the top of the mesa hikers can see views of the Sandia Mountains to the east and the Manzano Mountains to the southeast. There is no shade on the trail, but hikers can return to the trailhead where there are several shaded structures to enjoy a snack. Parking will cost $1 on weekdays and $2 on weekends.

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