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Southern Colorado Plateau Network (SCPN)

Petroglyph National Monument (PETR)

Basalt in the landscape<br />(SCPN Photo) Boca Negra Canyon<br />(USGS photo) Bee on broom dahlea flowers<br />(NPS photo) Coachwhip snake eating a lizard<br />USGS photo) Collared lizard<br />(NPS photo) Diamondback rattlesnake<br />(NPS photo) Basalt escarpment<br />(NPS photo) Volcanic vent at JA Volcano on a cold winter morning<br />(NPS photo) Desert millipedes<br />(USGS photo) Bird petroglyph<br />(NPS photo) Petroglyph panel on escarpment<br />(NPS photo) Blooming prickly pear cactus<br />(Courtesy Chris Alford). Rabbit under a juniper tree<br/>(USGS photo) Roadrunner with a lizard in it's beak<br />(NPS photo) Volcanoes on the horizon<br />(Courtesy Howard Holley) Red-tail hawk petroglyph at night<br />(NPS photo) Rinconada Canyon at dawn<br />(Courtesy Chris Wheeler)

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Location of Petroglyph NM in the Southern Colorado Plateau Network. Click for larger image.

Petroglyph National Monument is comprised of three units and encompasses 7200 acres (2915 ha) within the city of Albuquerque in central New Mexico. The monument is jointly owned and managed by the National Park Service, the State of New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque. It was established in 1990 to protect cultural and natural resources, including a large concentration of petroglyphs and five volcanic cones.

Petroglyph NM is located in the transition zone between Great Plains, Great Basin, and Chihuahuan Desert grasslands. Nine vegetation communities have been identified in the monument, with grasslands and shrublands dominant. Six species of amphibians, 55 species of birds, 26 species of mammals, 24 species of reptiles, and over 350 species of invertebrates have been documented in the monument. Surface water resources in the monument include several ephemeral streams and arroyos, including one intermittent stream that passes through two of Petroglyph's units.

The Southern Colorado Plateau conducts long-term monitoring of integrated upland vegetation and soils and riparian ecosystems in Petroglyph NM.

Life Zones at Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph NM ranges in elevation from 4,982 to 6,029 feet (1,519–1,838 m) and spans the Semi-Desert Grassland/Shrub Steppe and Pinyon-Juniper Woodland life zones. The monument experiences an average annual precipitation of 8.6 inches (219 mm).

Petroglyph Life Zones

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