Photography ©Avery Pearson

Trail Photo Essay

La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs

by Avery Pearson

Length: 2.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Use: Moderate
Seasons: All Seasons
Lowest and Highest Points: 6,128’ and 6,270’

A trail in La Cieneguilla, New Mexico
Photography ©Avery Pearson

La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs are outside of Santa Fe on Highway 56. From Santa Fe, take Airport Road past the junction with NM-599 (Veterans Memorial Hwy). Continue approximately four miles to the BLM sign on the right. The trailhead parking lot is not paved, and there are no amenities at this location.

La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs, New Mexico
Photography ©Avery Pearson

As always, follow the pack in–pack out rule, and do not touch the petroglyphs: they are fragile historic treasures. This is great trail for families, but be cautious if there is snowfall; the path is rocky and the basalt boulders can have sharp edges. There is no shade in summer, so wear a hat and perhaps bring a sun umbrella for children.

The Ortiz Mountains near Albuquerque, New Mexico
A view of the Ortiz Mountains. Photography ©Avery Pearson
Avery Pearson
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Avery Pearson loves hiking, photography, reading and nice writing implements. He seeks things of permanence from past times (e.g., fountain pens, typewriters and pocket watches). He enjoys discovering archaic words and exploring with his family, and he takes pride in growing his beard.


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