Just off Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the Petroglyph National Monument, an interesting side trip from a drive along the legendary Route 66 three years ago. This archaeological site features intricate images and symbols carved on rock by the ancestral Pueblo people, providing a unique insight to an ancient culture.
The trail entrance leading to various petroglyphs on the way up is a great way to burn off the calories...
...and yes, stick to the trail.
The ancient rock drawings and natural beauty of the park give this an almost mystical feel, an amazing side trip one shouldn't miss.
Check out some good eats on this road trip at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2011/09/driving-mother-road.html.
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