During the Christmas, and New Years Holidays. I decided to take a Cross Country Solo Road Trip. Stopping in many major U.S. Cities along the way. Namely doing whatever activity I wanted along the way. One of the more interesting activities happened during my 1 night stay in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Read on to check out my guide to Road Tripping in New Mexico.
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A Gas stop, or two later. Just as I reached the 1000 miles from home mark of my Solo Road Trip. I pulled across the State Line into Bard New Mexico.
Also my vehicle didn’t make the whole 1000 miles from home mark unscathed. My trusty Red Pickup named “Cheyenne” as I call her. Took a little battle damage.
Home For 1 Night
A little over 2 hours after entering New Mexico, I finally pulled into my destination for the night, Albuquerque! When I was at the Gas Station in Santa Rosa I also booked a 1 Night Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque.
They were sold out of the original room I booked. As it was close to a major holiday, everyone in the country was on the move trying to get someplace. All things considered, I was still quite happy with the room I received as a substitute.
After Check-In, parking my pickup, and getting my luggage up to the room as quickly as possible. Then I headed back down to the main lobby for dinner at Lounge 201.
The room I had came with a Mountain View. As it was nighttime when I arrived. I would have to impatiently wait until morning to get my first view of Albuquerque in the daylight.
It’s A New Day!
After soaking up the view of the surrounding city. From my room on the 10th Floor. I headed down for breakfast from the Icon Bistro. To use my breakfast voucher provided by the DoubleTree hotel.
After breakfast, I quickly checked out, so I could get my day’s activities under way. Which included a hike, and a whole lot more driving.
Petroglyph National Monument
You can’t leave Albuquerque without visiting the Ancient Petroglyph’s. Which were left behind by the Ancestral Pueblo, and Spanish Settlers.
Petroglyph’s are images carved, pecked, or engraved into rock using a stone chisel, and hammer stone. They are commonly mixed up with Pictographs, which are rock paintings.
The Petroglyph’s at Petroglyph National Monument date back as far as the 10th Century B.C, all the way up to 1700 A.D. With the majority of them being created in the 1300 A.D to 1700 A.D time zone.
Let’s Do Some Hiking
There are four hikes that can be done at the Petroglyph National Monument. The hike I chose was the Boca Negra Canyon hike. Which included 3 Trails: the Mesa Point Trail, the Macaw Trail, and the Cliff Base Trail.
When Hiking the Mesa Trail, you’ll most definitely want some good foot wear. The hike to the top of the Mesa Trail will take you 5280’ feet above sea level. It’s an extremely rocky trail, with plenty of spots to cause an ankle, or leg injury. Be careful when hiking, follow the trail, and wear the proper hiking attire.
Let’s See Some Petroglyph’s!
These petroglyph’s contain symbols that were important in the Pueblo, and Spanish cultures. As well as depictions of animals, and people.
The names of all these Petroglyph’s aren’t known, so for the sake of fun I’ll give them a few names of my own 😂! My made up names will be identified with a ( * ). Without further ado, here are the Petroglyph’s from the Mesa Point Trail:
Mesa Point Trail
After carefully making my way back down the Mesa Point Trail. I headed over to the Macaw Trail. To see the Featured Photo Petroglyph of the Boca Negra Canyon.
Solo Road Trip Adventures
If you liked this Blog Post, and want to see some of the other locations I visited. You can check out what else I saw during my 5100 mile Solo Road Trip. By Clicking one of the two links included below.
The Roving Gypsy
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