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The Sandia Mountains are a well known Staple in Albuquerque. Whether you look at them daily to tell if your going east or west or just to see their beauty the Sandia’s are hard to ignore.
Sandia means watermelon in Spanish, it is believed to be a reference to the reddish color that the mountains get during a sunset. Also, when you look at the Sandia’s from the west you can see a line of conifers ( large pointy trees) lining the ridge of the mountain forming what looks line a rind from a watermelon. Another explanation from the Sanida Indians is when the Spaniards came in 1540 they were searching the mountain finding what they believed to be watermelon. To their surprise the watermelon was actually squash, but the name Sandia continued to stick with the mountains east of the pueblo. The Sandia Pueblo Indians call the mountain Bien Mur, "big mountain".
The mountain at it’s highest elevation reaches 10,678 ft. and has two major summits, the South Sandia Peak and Sandia crest. The Sandia’s also connect to the Manzano mountains on their south base, separated by The Tijeras canyon.
￼Petroglyph National Monument
Located in Albuquerque’s west mesa, the Petroglyph National Monument holds some of New Mexico’s oldest history. The Monument protects five large volcanic cones and stretches 17 miles on the western horizon. There are an estimated 24,000 ancient paintings and carvings found on numerous rocks and caves in the petroglyphs. The carvings came from the ancient Pueblo peoples as well as early Spanish settlers. Most images are easy to decode but some are very complex and only understood by the person who carved it.
The Petroglyphs became a National Monument in 1990 to protect and preserve the 7,244 acres of history. The park is open to the public year round and preserved by the National park service and the City of Albuquerque.
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