Cliff Base Trail - Lollipop Loop, Boca Negra Canyon, Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico
Cliff Base Trail - Lollipop Loop - 0.17 miles
Boca Negra Canyon
|Round-Trip Length:||0.17 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||5,200? - 5,200? (5,242' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||+53' total roundtrip elevation gain|
Cliff Base Trail - Lollipop Loop - 0.17 Miles Round-Trip
The Cliff Base Trail provides the most diverse collection of petroglyphs in Boca Negra Canyon. It is the longest of the three trails in this canyon and takes visitors back in time to view petroglyphs ranging thousands of years in age from the ancient Indians to more recent Mexican and Spanish settlers.
At just under .2 miles, the Cliff Base Trail leaves from the same area as the Macaw Trail, sharing a restroom facility and interpretive shelter that provides information about previous inhabitants, geology and how petroglyphs are created.
The trail itself leads up and through the escarpment of Boca Negra Canyon. It winds through basalt boulders of varying size and shape, offering views of some amazing petroglyphs. The trail eventually meets back up with the main trail stem, leading you to the trailhead.
- N35 09.642 W106 43.185 — Boca Negra Canyon Entrance Station
Camping and Backpacking Information
- Camping is not permitted in Boca Negra Canyon.
Rules and Regulations
- There are no pets allowed whatsoever in Boca Negra Canyon. Pets are also not allowed to be kept in vehicles while owners are hiking.
- This is a day-use area only with hourse generally being from 8am - 5pm. However, please contact the park for most current day-use hours. Often times, the last time they allow visitors to enter the canyon is 4:30pm to ensure visitors vacate the canyon by sunset.
- Conservation of the ecosystem and petroglyphs are the uptmost concern for park authorities. Defacing, damaging or removing any petroglyph or artifact will result in prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. Destruction or poaching of park artifcats is the most serious offense and rangers reserve the right to search vehicles.
Directions to Trailhead
The Macaw Trail is located in Boca Negra Canyon, just off Unser Boulevard, 1/4 mile north of Monta?o Road. From I-40, exit at Unser Blvd and head north on Unser for about 3 miles. A quarter mile after crossing Monta?o Road, you will see signs for Boca Negra Canyon on the right hand side. Turn right into Boca Negra Canyon, pay the attendant at the fee station and then park in one of the two available lots. The road through Boca Negra Canyon is a one-way loop. The first trailhead along the road is the Mesa Point Trail, followed by the Macaw and Cliff Base Trails located next to the restrooms.
Petroglyph National Monument
Attn: Visitor Services
6001 Unser Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Las Im?genes Visitor Center is open all year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*Closed on: New Years, Thanksgiving, and Christmas days. The visitor center typically closes at 2:00pm on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.