Local Guide

Step into Spring with the Rinconada Canyon trail

Spring is finally here and what is a better way to celebrate than taking a hike during the beautiful weather. Your Guide to Living Local, Sara Rose, went on a hike on the Rinconada Canyon trail, just a little outside of the Petroglyph National Monument.

Rinconada Canyon offers insight into the geologic, cultural, and natural resources of Petroglyph National Monument. Follow the path of past inhabitants of this landscape along silent volcanic boulders yearning to speak to those willing to listen. Enter a narrow valley that seems to have frozen in time, carrying you over sand dunes and alongside a volcanic escarpment abundant with plant and animal desert life. As you walk into the canyon the sounds and sights of the city fade away and may be replaced with the coo of a mourning dove or a collared lizard sunning itself on a basalt boulder.

The trail along the base of the north side of the canyon allows you to view a variety of petroglyphs. The trail is 1.1 miles long to the head of the canyon (2.2 miles round trip) and is moderately strenuous. You may return by backtracking along the north side of the canyon or continue the trail loop down the middle of the canyon. This route is devoid of petroglyphs but your chance of seeing an earless leopard lizard or hearing the cascading song of a canyon wren is worth the trip.

Heading to a National Park? Test you knowledge before you go with our National Parks Trivia quiz.

Categories: Local Guide