Visitor Use Management Plan / Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque's Open Space Division, has developed a visitor use management plan for Petroglyph National Monument located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The purpose of the visitor use management plan is to formalize a trail system and manage public use within the monument. The proposed trail system and activities are compatible with the monument's purpose, significance, and the legislation that established the monument. Strategies address the management and maintenance of the trail system, access points, associated infrastructure, and provide direction for visitor use management and decision-making. Cultural and traditional uses and values have been integrated into the planning and decision-making processes. The strategies associated with the trail system also provide guidance on resolving differences among visitor groups and impacts to cultural and natural resources. It includes expectations for long-term monitoring and analysis of visitor capacity.
The environmental assessment analyzes the no action alternative (current management) and two action alternatives that meet the goals and objectives of the plan. We invite the public to review the environmental document and provide comments. The public comment period has been extended through December 14, 2018. The document can be found by clicking the "Open for Comment" link on the left side of this web page.
Since the establishment of Petroglyph National Monument in 1990, the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest metropolitan area, has continued to grow and expand. City growth coupled with the increased visitation to the national park unit has created the need for the monument to establish a formalized trail system and associated infrastructure to meet rising visitation demand while protecting the monument's fundamental resources and values. Many local and national visitors explore and enjoy the 7,209-acre monument. The National Park Service and the City of Albuquerque, who jointly manage this unit, are cooperatively undertaking the visitor use management planning effort.
Superintendent, Petroglyph National Monument
505-899-0205 ext. 222
Environmental Protection Specialist, Petroglyph National Monument
505-899-0205 ext. 334