Visitor Use Management Plan / Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a visitor use management plan for Petroglyph National Monument, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The purpose of the visitor use management plan for Petroglyph National Monument is to formalize a trail system and manage public use within the monument. The trail network and activities will be compatible with the monument's purpose, significance, and the legislation that established the monument. Strategies will 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 will be integrated into the planning and decision-making processes. The strategies associated with the trail system will also provide guidance on resolving differences between visitor groups and impacts to cultural and natural resources. It will include expectations for long-term monitoring and analysis of visitor capacity. During this planning process, the National Park Service is asking for your input so that we can gain a better understanding of the needs, experiences, and preferences of our park partners, key stakeholders, and visitors. This will help the National Park Service identify opportunities to meet those needs while also achieving our mission to preserve and protect resources.
The public scoping review and comment period was originally from September 14, 2016 to October 23, 2016. Upon request for an extension of the comment period, the NPS reopened the public scoping review on November 3, 2016 and closed it again on December 16, 2016, for a total of 82 days. The National Park Service is currently reviewing public comments and preparing a visitor use management plan. The plan is anticipated to be available for public review in spring 2018 and will be posted on this website.
Since the establishment of Petroglyph National Monument in 1990, the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest metropolitan area, has continued to grow. City growth coupled with the increased national park visitation has created the need for the monument to establish a designated 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 7,200 acre monument. The National Park Service, the State of New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque, who jointly manage this unit, are cooperatively undertaking the visitor use management planning effort.