Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Use Plan

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2010

MRWM coordinated with Monument staff to develop a Visitor Use Plan and Trail Plan for Petroglyph National Monument. The work included detailed site analysis using an existing trail survey; a thorough review of existing literature; and coordination with the National Park Service, local tribes, and the general public.

The number of visitors at the Monument had increased beyond its design capacity, resulting in many unsanctioned 'desire paths', increased erosion along existing trails and general degradation of the landscape.

MRWM assessed the overall health of the Monument and the state of the trail network, and identified major factors affecting its poor condition. A Visitor Use Plan was developed that incorporated recommendations to restore damaged parts of the trail network and to mitigate the increased pressure on the Monument’s resources.

The plan allows the Monument to accommodate its increased number of visitors while protecting its character and cultural treasures.