One weekend our family decided to take a hike to Petroglyph National Monument. We first stopped at the visitor center to see what trails we could follow. On our hike we followed the Rinconada Canyon Trail. It is an easy 2.2 mile loop that anyone can do and we finished it in about an hour and 15 minutes. We took our time and let our son lead the hike and explore the surroundings. I think this hike is perfect for little ones because they can explore as much or as little as they want along the way. We brought some snacks and drinks and stopped along the way when he needed it. He also brought his inexpensive digital camera with him and the photos I’m sharing with you now are the ones he took.
I prefer to hike this in the spring, fall, early mornings or late evenings. It isn’t much fun to hike this when it is 90 degrees outside-especially with kids. I love this place for a number of reasons. One, driving there only takes about twenty minutes no matter where you live. Two, if you stop in at the visistor’s center there is a junior ranger program for your kids. This means while on the hike they get to learn about the animals that live there, the native plants and of course the petroglyphs. After completion of the booklet they also get a junior ranger badge that they can add to their collection of badges. Three, it is an easy 2.2 mile loop that anyone can do and it can be completed with kids in about an hour or so.