Park Rangers Know Petroglyphs

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Petroglyph National Monument

The Petroglyphs National Monument escarpment is a must-see when visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico.

There are 20-thousand images or petrogylphs chiseled into the lava rock by the ancestors of the Pueblo tribes. Unlike pictographs popular in the Southwest, petrogylphs are not painted and hence last longer.

I stopped to interview Park Ranger, Larry Gore who helped me better understand the importance of the images.

“It’s a mystery, of course, what the Petroglyphs mean” said Mr. Gore. “In this age of information overload that we live in, I think it’s kind of nice to have a mystery.”

Some of the symbols take on a human form, others are more like animals and still others insects. But the truth is, reminds Larry, only the person who carved them 1000 years ago knows the answer.

Even the current Pueblo tribe have a hard time defining what they mean.

Trails continue past five prominent fissure volcanoes considered sacred even today.