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sign: City of Albuquerque The two RV Gypsies explored Boca Negra Canyon and learned about petroglyphs.
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Boca Negra Canyon provides easy access for visitors who want to view petroglyphs and other interesting geologic and cultural features up close. Three developed trails take visitors on self-guiding tours ranging from 5 minutes to 30 minutes round trip. (The two RV Gypsies only did the two easy trails) Water, restrooms and picnic tables were available.

sign: Petroglyph National Monument visitor Cednter

First, here are a few signs to show some of the petroglyphs that may be seen on Boca Negra Canyon.

sign: comon petroglyph meanings - Macaw
sign: comon petroglyph meanings - Spiral Petroglyph
sign: comon petroglyph meanings - geometric and absract images
sign: comon petroglyph meanings - hands
The Two RV Gypsies made a stop at the Visitor Venter to pick up a map and brochure of the Boca Negra Canyon and they learned about hornos from an outdoor display (read the history of hornos and see a photo of one below)
sign: Petroglyph National Monument

clipart of a history bookThe first permanent Spanish settlement brought new foods and cooking methods to the region in the late 1500s. Wheat became an important staple because it was easier than corn for making bread.

Pueblo men learned to harvest wheat while the women were taught to build hornos; beehive-shaped ovens used for bread-baking (see photo below). Fusing mortar, rocks or adobe bricks are layered in a circular shape over a stone base. An arched doorway is created in front and a small hole is formed for a vent. The hornos are plastered inside and out with adobe mud. Today, Pueblo people continue the proud tradition of baking bread in their hornos, as they have done for centuries.

hornos
sign: a proud tradition
Lee Duquette checked out the chili pepperslaughing clipart
Lee Duquette checks out the chili peppers
Lee Duquette checks out the chili peppers
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sign: Boca Negra Canyon
Boca Negra cliff
sign about Boca Negra Canyon
sign about the outdoor gallery of petroglyphs
sign pointing the way to the Mesa Point trail
After just a short walk onto the trail, the Two RV Gypsies enjoyed the view.
The view after just a short walk onto the trail
The view after just a short walk onto the trail
The view after just a short walk onto the trail
sign about petroglyphs
a petroglyph on a rock
sign about the Boca Negra Canyon Mesa Point trail
Petroglyph on a boulder
The two RV Gypsies on the trail at Boca Negra Canyon to see the petroglyphs.
The two RV Gypsies at Boca Negra Canyon on the cliff
Karen Duquette climbing up the triail at Boca Negra Canyon
sign about volcanic eruptions along Boca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
These rocks are NOT for climbing on or around. There is a path that lead the way from one petroglyph to another. Most of these petroglyphs were photographed with a zoom lens so the two RV Gypsies did not need to try to get close to them.
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
Karen Duquette on the rocks at Boca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
view of the land
sign: one mile above sea level
Petroglyphs of the Rio Grande style
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
sign about the different types of petroglyphs
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
green growth out of the rocks
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
sign about the Christian cross.
a Christian cross on the rocks
Lee Duquette is thankful he doesn't have to climb over any rocks - thanks to the easy path that leads the way from one petroglyph to another, and the zoom lens on the camera for photos.
Lee Duquette by a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
Karen Duquette at Boca Negra Canyon

Karen made it to the top of the cliff

Karen Duquette At the top of the cliff
Looking out from the top of the cliff to the scenery on the far side of the cliff.
scenery on the far side of the cliff.
sign about rock structure at the top of the cliff
rock structure at the top of the clif
rock structure at the top of the clif
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Next, the two RV Gypsies walked the Macaw Trail that is on ground level at the base of the cliff. It was a 5-minute walk.
sign pointing the way to the Cliff Base Trail
Lee Duquette on  the Cliff Base Trail
 the Cliff Base Trail
LLee Duquette
desert varnished rock
sign about desert varnish
Lee Duquette and a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a dead cactus
sign abot the humanfootprint petroglyph shown at the right
human footprint petroglyph
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
a petroglyphs on a rock atBoca Negra Canyon
sign about the evolution
 petroglyphs
Karen Duquette at the base of the cliff
sign about the rocks
split rock
split rock
The two RV Gypsies watched a roadrunner catch a lizard.
The two RV Gypsies see a Roadrunner
the roadrunner catches a lizard
the roadrunner catches a lizard
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