While camping at Pinon RV Park in Santa Fe you are close to many attractions and parks like La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs
La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs
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The La Cieneguilla site is a short hike off the Paseo Real, and is home to one of the largest collections of Native rock art (called glyphs) in the American West. The area is overseen by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and a 1991 archeological survey recorded over 4,400 images within less than a mile. Bird figures are a common motif, accounting for almost a third of the glyphs. Some of the panels are thought to go back to the Archaic Period (that’s around 8000 to 2000 BCE),
I took a quick morning trip to La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site to visit the area’s petroglyphs. The site is beautiful and just minutes from the BLM’s New Mexico State Office and a few miles from Santa Fe. From the top of the mountain, Santa Fe is visible and has a breathtaking background of blue sky and mountains.
Even though the site is minutes from Santa Fe, I felt like I was far away discovering an ancient civilization. The petroglyphs are scattered about the site, which is known for the large number of hump-backed flute player images and bird figures. Most of the petroglyphs were created by the Keresan-speaking puebloan people that lived in the area between the 13th and 17th centuries.
The hike took about an hour and was relatively easy, perfect for a summer morning.