As you walk among the petroglyphs, you are not alone. This world is alive with the sights and sounds of the high desert – a hawk spirals down from the mesa top, a roadrunner scurries into fragrant sage, a desert millipede traces waves in the sand. There is another presence beyond what we can see or hear. People who have lived along the Rio Grande for many centuries come alive again through images they carved on the shiny black rocks. These images, and associated archeological sites in the Albuquerque area, provide glimpses into a 12,000 year long story of human life in this area. The visitor center is located on Western Trail Ave, off Unser Boulevard. Other places in the area to see petroglyphs include Rinconada Canyon (corner of Unser and St. Joseph’s Blvd) and Piedras Marcadas Canyon (9421 Jill Patricia NW).