A Visit to Rinconada Canyon

Recently Bosque Bill and I decided to go for a walk in Rinconada Canyon in Petroglyph National Monument. It was a beautiful day, although not particularly filled with birds. The petroglyphs, however, are spectacular.

The path that we took runs along the edge of the volcano escarpment.

Rinconda Canyon, Petroglyph National Monument.

Rinconda Canyon, Petroglyph National Monument.

The landscape is very rugged.

Rugged volcanic landscape

Rugged volcanic landscape

Looking to the east you can see Albuquerque, and even farther to the east you can see the Sandia Mountains.

Looking to the east toward the Sandias.

Looking to the east toward the Sandias.

The scenery is striking, but it is the petroglyphs, images made by native people by pecking or chipping pictures into the rock, that are the main attraction.

Petroglyph grouping

Petroglyph grouping

This one looks like an alien. Perhaps he got lost on the way to Roswell.

An alien?

An alien?

An interesting Petroglyph grouping featuring a snake.

Petroglyph grouping

Petroglyph grouping

These grazing sheep or goats don’t seem to notice the snake.

Grazing sheep or goats.

Grazing sheep or goats.

This impressive fellow was likely carved by a later resident of the area.

Petroglyph

Petroglyph

Is this snake attacking a person?

Snake attack!

Snake attack!

This coyote seems a bit outmatched.

Coyote and snake.

Coyote and snake.

I like the way this face is made on two sides of the rock.

Two-faced

Two-faced

We saw petroglyph birds…

Dancers and a soaring bird.

Dancers and a soaring bird.

A bird on the ground.

A bird on the ground.

… and a few real birds too, although most were too far away for good photos.

Rock Wren

Rock Wren

White-crowned Sparrow.

White-crowned Sparrow.

Petroglyph National Monument includes volcanoes, archeological sites and thousands of carved images. It is a fascinating place.

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Filed under Albuquerque birds, New Mexico scenery, Petroglyph National Monument

3 responses to “A Visit to Rinconada Canyon

  1. These are all so very interesting. I like the sheep (or goats). Cool!

  2. Awesome! We have petroglyphs in Minnesota that are similar. The Dakota said they were not made by them, but by the “Ancestors.”

  3. That’s the same thing that the native people say here in New Mexico. I’d love to see the ones in Minnesota!

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