Midwest Mountains & Prairie



A Visit To: Ancient Volcanoes (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

We drove a little ways outside of Albuquerque and found the volcanoes in clear view in the distance. It was a long drive but we could always see these in the horizon anywhere you are in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho areas and really wanted to see them.

We parked our car on a paved parking lot and found the hike to the volcanoes was going to take some time. The dirt path leads to the first one and then forks off to the distance to the others. We could see that the trail was suitable for dirt bikes and horses as tracks from both were visable.

The walk back to the first volcano I would say is about two miles and then goes quickly up the side of the first. Don’t expect to see a pit at the top of it though as these haven’t erupted in thousands of years and really look more like hills.

We chose to view the rest from where we were at the first, gazing over the valley of Albuquerque and seeing the rest of the volcanoes was a real treat.

We received a cell phone call while there about a house we were trying to get and so we had to cut this trip short but it was fun and enjoyable and the scenery was beautiful.



A Visit To: Petroglpys National Monument (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

We recently went for a trip to Petroglpys National Monument in Albuquerque, New Mexico and really enjoyed ourselves. We first went and stopped in to visit the visitors center and got our map and got more directions to where the petroglpys are actually located. The visitors center is located on one road and you have to go off this road back onto the main road to go to where the petroglys are actually located. The visitors center has some native plantings with name plaques along the way as well as examples of outside ovens used to make breads and cook foods.

When we got to the turnoff for the petroglpys you can see the mountains and we now knew this was an uphill clinb. We had only been there a week and coming from West Virginia it was a bit of a struggle since we were in such a different climate.

I pulled the car up into a parking space after giving a dollar for the fee. We decided might as well start off with trail one since their are so many. The trail is not for the week… there are boulders and large steep steps to climb. The petroglphs were everywhere and some were in very good shape.

We got to the top and saw rabbits and a squirrel and then made our way down. We had originally thought we were going to do the three trails but after that decided the one was enough and since we were moving there we could do the others at another time.

Our boys decided though that they wanted to go running around and while my wife and I relaxed thats what they did…. teenagers.

We left and made note to make sure we came back here again…. and bring plenty of water.