Lower Baca Negra Canyon
Petroglyph National Monument
Stranded at the hotel in Belen after a long train ride from Winslow, I jumped into my old, dented round house car and headed north to Albuquerque and a visit to Petroglyph National Monument. After a short stop at the visitor center, I drove north to the entrance to Baca Negra Canyon. This section of the monument is divided into two areas, the lower area that is described in this hike guide by Page Rob and an upper area of the canyon with a separate parking area a short drive from the main area of Baca Negra.
I hiked the entire trail around the base of the escarpment and climbed to the top of the mesa on the rather rough trail and was really astounded at the large number of petroglyphs located there. The housing subdivisions of Albuquerque are amazingly close to the monument and the petroglyphs. The documentation I received from the visitor center states that there are somewhere between 20 and 25 thousand petroglyphs in the monument.
After closely checking out everything in the lower canyon I drove up the parking area at Upper Baca Negra Canyon, parked and hiked the loop through the canyon. This area is less defined as far as the trail is concerned and you tend to wander randomly among the boulders searching for the drawings. I spent about 5 hours at the monument and had plenty of time to explore both areas of Baca Negra Canyon.
All of the photos posted with this trip log are from the lower canyon area. I will post another trip log with the photos of the upper canyon area later.
"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
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average hiking speed 0.75 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.